Honestly, trolls are like dogs who bark a lot, but won't bite. They put fear in our lives because they harass the weak for their own fun.
"Psychological research has proven again and again that anonymity increases unethical behavior."
-Zhuo, Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt
Since no one can detect who these trolls are, they can harass all they want to because they're under an invisible cloak. Sometimes I think it's beneficial to have trolls in forums to play devil's advocate. In this instance, this gets people talking about certain topics, and really thinking hard to produce quality statements. However, the instances in the readings were outrageous. I don't understand why anyone would want to taunt the parents of a child who just died. Clearly morals jump out of the window, and people forget to put themselves in the shoes of the bait. One troll thought differently in regards to this. Since it is seen as fun, they don't take it as seriously.
"The willingness of trolling “victims” to be hurt by words, he argued, makes them complicit, and trolling will end as soon as we all get over it."
-Schwartz, The Trolls Among Us
So should we be a more fun bunch of people who aren't hurt by words? Or should these trolls learn to mature, and stop hiding behind the computer screen? While you can avoid being stalked if you remain anonymous, you also lose credibility. I'd much rather believe and trust someone who I know is a real person. In the case of finding out if we're the ones being deceived, it's best to do research. Jason Fortuny, the troll, is right. We can't believe everything that we see. If you have doubts or if you notice someone is blatantly pushing your buttons, I suggest ignoring it. The weaker you seem, the more the trolls take advantage. It's better to acknowledge it, and leave it alone than to fall as bait.