Reflections

I Think I’ve Been Trolled…

… but not necessarily in a good way. Lol! I mean, I’m almost always up for an enlightened discussion, but this felt like a stroll through the Twilight Zone.

I was contacted on Facebook messenger by a friend I haven’t really spoken to in years, who dropped the name of our only mutual friend to get my attention. It worked enough to get me to respond though I was quite surprised by the contact. And then it immediately went off the deep end. From links and questions about conspiracy theories to overt attempts to get me to declare my allegiances, my suspicions were aroused. I immediately asked if he was joking, though he assured me he was not. Still… so many links and stories supporting Trump and his evil cohorts, so many lies and misdirections, so many side trips down hate filled alleys… and all from a gay anti-religious male I once knew…

I had to laugh out loud. Literally…

Was I supposed to believe that I was really talking to my friend? When he refused to commit to any path or answer any question? Or am I to believe he’s still my “friend” if he is trying to entrap me as he is? From hinting at revolution to implying Trump is our savior? From promising relief from debt to threatening me about the coming changes? And when I told him I believed that we are more likely to reenact the fascist regimes of the past, with many joining in while others quietly sacrificed themselves in pursuit of something moral, the conversation stalled a bit. Until finally I asked if he was a man with moral standards and integrity or a supporter of the evil rulers? And the conversation petered out…

He would not answer that. Nor would he even respond to thoughts of an imaginary world free of predatory practices…

So, yeah… there’s that. And I think that I’ve been trolled. Question is, did I pass the test and pay my toll, so I may safely cross into another world? Or did I lose my way and play the game, and so ensure my captivity here?

Is it true that only time will tell?

Hmm…

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13 thoughts on “I Think I’ve Been Trolled…

    • I’m not really very active on there myself. This whole scenario was just weird, and therefore, shareable with my blogging friends. Especially coming just days after someone “warned” me (though honestly I can’t remember if it was a dream or real) that like past fascist regimes, the “evil elite” would try to secretly round up political dissidents first, before turning to mass arrests. So I was paranoid before the conversation even began. Now I am more so. Lol!

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  1. I’d love to tell you what I think, Lisa, but I have no idea exactly what a troll is on the internet. Trolls used to have respectable jobs, keeping unthinking people from spreading across the world (or eating them), but this modern job seems kind of sketchy. Are they just people who take pleasure in ruining people’s lives and blogs, trying to spread their stupidity everywhere? Maybe eating stupid people as a main dietary source of nutrition changed them. “They” say you are what you eat, after all…

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    • Lol! I’m not sure I know the actual definition, either, Jerry; I just liked the sound of it in this case. I think they usually respond to various public posts just to create conflict and havoc, but this is a totally different scenario. I used the “troll” term to emphasize the deceptive nature of the contact, since trolls are often made up identities. I don’t know who I was actually speaking with, but I was on edge and extremely careful about not committing myself to any political position, though I am clearly liberal in all of my public posts. It was just this weird, paranoid feeling I got that this “person,” whoever it was, was trying to get me to say something specific, which I refused to do. I shared it here as much to “warn” others as to share the strangeness of said encounter.

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  2. inkbiotic says:

    So your friend’s account was hacked by someone wanting to promote Trump by bombarding you with propaganda? That’s nuts!
    That’s something I don’t understand about trolls, they seem so unlikely to be effective, presumably they must do sometimes.
    It sounds like you gave as good as you got though, maybe he stopped writing because he began to doubt…

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    • I doubt it. I woke up this morning to find he’d sent a video claiming to be the best evidence on the internet of the lies about Russian interference and Trump’s involvement. That sounds like a pretty committed right-side video. I chose not to respond again. The whole scenario made me feel like I was being tested to see where I fell on the political spectrum and how committed I was to it. And I didn’t like the sense of “dire” consequences if I somehow failed that test…

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  3. Sounds like you were an unwilling participant in a Turing Test, most bizarre. If it happens again why not try an impromptu Voigt-Kampff Test. Some cut & pastable starters:

    “You’re watching television. Suddenly you realize there’s a wasp crawling on your arm.”

    “You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, it’s crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that?”

    “Describe in single words, only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.”

    If you only get more rhetoric it’s time to block 😉

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