Perhaps it’s that I’m coming off a Holiday high, or maybe it’s that I’ve reached a rather boring phase in my thesis, but I seem, unfortunately, to have lapsed into a combative mood. In practice what this means is that I have taken to going to news websites and picking fights with egregiously stupid commenters–a practice colloquially referred to as ‘trolling’. It’s not healthy; it’s a complete waste of time (and, considering that I am presently ensnared in a rather boring stage of my thesis–writing LaTeX*summaries of my background research on AdS-CFT correspondence, I cannot afford the distraction).
Moreover, it tends to destroy my faith in the Human race altogether. Because you see, it turns out that there are alot of egregiously-stupid people floating around comments threads. Take this Globe and Mail article about a mosque being vandalized in Montreal, for example. If you are feeling particularly masochistic, I invite you to visit the comments section and try counting the ones which aren’t apologetics for hate crimes or gleeful celebrations of violence against unpopular religious minorities.
I need to stop. I need to find some way to force myself to focus on what I should be doing and leaving these wankers to rot. Any suggestions?
*Yes, that horrible capitalization is the correct convention.