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Don’t Feed the Troll

How to make criminals and other egregious egos famous: feed the troll.

If we severed the nerve of communications that made malicious, malevolent, violent, narcissistic and deranged criminals famous (before, during or after their crime) by way of their visibility on Twitter, Facebook, and XYZ network news soundbites, that silence would go a long way to ending the fame and notoriety of saying and doing reprehensible things.

You silence the troll by starving it of attention, not by feeding it.

Dave Winer says it works for so-called politicians too.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Feed the Troll”

  1. So true about politicians. The media has corrupted the entire political process. Like cigarette ads, political ads should be banned from television. This would: (1) remove the need for politicians to raise huge sums of money for TV ads, thereby freeing them to actually spend time on the jobs for which they were elected; (2) dissipate the influence of wealthy individual donors and special interest groups/lobbyists; (3) require candidates for office to actually meet voters in person and look them in the eye as they talk and shake hands, rather than broadcasting their poll-driven, scripted messages via studio sound bites; and (4) make room on the airways for healthier, more enjoyable programming.

  2. It’s all about getting and keeping attention–take the attention off and the behavior goes away. As for Twitter and Facebook, it’s a shame you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube!

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