Yesterday, 12/5/2009, a couple of very funny Trolls posted on the ChuckMeOut forum. All regulars will be familiar with the epic “angst” thread on that site. For reasons unknown, a couple of very bitter posters choose to recycle every-one’s worst fears that have been discussed over a period of 4 months. With real venom, they seemed to relish the “likelihood” of Chuck’s impending demise after a terrible season 3 (that will likely never all air, so they say).
My first thought was that this was so very sad. There have been a lot of real fears and concerns about the future of our favorite show discussed there. Many posters have debated things they don’t want to see, what various unpopular spoilers might mean, and the chances of the shows survival. Now that the tone has turned mostly positive, it seems deliberately provocative to bring up every-one’s worst fears in a couple of lengthy posts. There is a suspicious corner of my mind that wonders if they were plants trying to heat things up again. But these posts were so sarcastic and ugly I think this is unlikely; the second poster, in particular, is a semi-regular who has long been unhappy; and seems to honestly want the show cancelled. I really don’t get hating something so much (or is it just loving trouble) that they would go to the trouble of spending a lot of time putting these things together. I mean most of us are pathetic enough (joke, hah hah), but at least we’re having fun. How much more pathetic to invest so much time in a TV show that you don’t like!
My second thought was how proud I was of the level of discourse on that forum; almost no one rose to the bait. There were no flaming angry retorts; no lengthy rebuttals; no indignation. A couple of regular posters were quoted badly out of context by the trolls; and the only response I saw was a fairly simple clarification from one of the wronged parties. The main response was silence. We had a great conversation going at the time, thanks to ErnieDavis and some thoughtful questions; and the vast majority of posters simply continued the more interesting conversation and ignored the trolls. So that was fun on several levels!
I can only imagine they were looking for angry reactions. Since they failed, we can hope they’ll go away.