Technology trolls and anonymous cowards


I’m sitting at my small dining table, tapping away at my MacBook Air keyboard.  I’m sniffing and snorting due to a winter cold that has flattened my energy level and reddened my purty nose.

I proudly work in the Agriculture / Food industry.  I provide support and project coordination in the Information Technology field, seeing much promise with the offerings of collaboration tools like wikis and team discussions.

In my professional life and personal exploration of Internet technology, I witness the misuse and abuse of  technology. Some are seemingly innocuous yet others could be prevented by tighter rules or decent human judgment due to instilled morals and ethics.

It makes me sad and angry to hear about awkward or odd teenagers who have been bullied online to the point of taking their own lives.  This goes far beyond the older tech of threatening scrawls on school bathroom walls or hang-up phone calls.

It makes me angry that a few in-duh-viduals can abuse a technology to broadcast personal information about a politician in response to a proposed, yet loosely worded online child protection bill.  What saddened me was witnessing my online acquaintances who jumped in to share and, in jest, perpetuate the abuse.

Recently we have learned of potential election fraud due to “robo calls” to Canadian citizens’ homes, redirecting them to incorrect polling stations.  These services were obtained by someone with a false identity yet must have been approved by and funded by someone higher up.

In another blog, I offer a lengthy rant titled “Bullies, Trolls and Robocallers“.   I refer to a “middle school mentality” in that the perpetrators, bullies and trolls lack the judgement or filters that will soon come with the developed, adult brain.

Maybe the mucous in my head has affected my own filters in wanting to rant about these issues online.   I don’t care.  I’m frustrated with humanity and our potentially dangerous adolescent use of technology.

Now excuse me while I go blow my snotty nose.

Thangs for (sniff) not wagging the kitteh…

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About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, cynic and IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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