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sorry but we won't change the world

It doesn’t take a lot of work: go to Rottentomatoes.com and look at the top box office draws and the top sellers will be mind numbing violence, superheroes or dumb comedies.

This week the top seller is Jigsaw (a movie about dismembering people) with a 31% score from critics followed closely by Madea's Halloween at 7% and both made the most money at the box office.

This is just one small illustration of how the masses are basically geared towards the lowest common denominator with those who exercise even minimal intellectual criteria are in the minority; and it is unfortunately some of this number who end up as trolls on Twitter, Facebook or other forms of social media.

If you think I am being elitist it isn’t my intention but life experience has taught me this basic truth. Many people are sheep who can be manipulated and told what to believe and think and it will only be some who escape from the indoctrination we all receive. What life has also taught me is that the vociferousness of the ignorant is directly proportional to their lack of knowledge.

I recently read how Twitter was handling offensive and profanity-laden comments on the pages of transgender people. When the target answered back by calling someone “garbage” their account was suspended. The trolling, on the other hand, was left untouched and was not removed.

Social media is replete with awful comments from people whose heads are ensconced firmly in their own rectum and who's non-existent knowledge regarding many delicate issues does not deter them from feeling qualified to address them with their own unique brand of poison. For a time I was even commenting on some of the more obtuse until I realized that for every idiot there was another one in line waiting to take their place.

So no, we won’t get rid of them but we can learn how to ignore them or, when they become dangerous, report them to the someone in power to do something about it. Although as in the case of Twitter, the outcomes will not always be the right ones.


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