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Internet trolls: the bad, the ugly and the good?

internet-troll-1Writer Lindy West recently presented an intriguing and almost unreal radio story (in a too-good-to-be-true way) about her experience with the worst internet troll she ever encountered and how that troll apologized for his unrelenting harassment.

Lindy West writes: “People say it doesn’t matter what happens on the internet, that it’s not real life. But thanks to internet trolls, I’m perpetually reminded that the boundary between the civilized world and our worst selves is just an illusion.

Trolls still waste my time and tax my mental health on a daily basis, but honestly, I don’t wish them any pain. Their pain is what got us here in the first place. That’s what I learned from my troll.”

You can listen to the radio story here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/545/if-you-dont-have-anything-nice-to-say-say-it-in-all-caps

A transcript of the story is available here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/545/transcript

Dear young feminists, what do you think of this story?

What has been your experience with internet trolls?

What strategies have you used to protect yourselves from the harm that internet trolls can cause?

We want to hear from you. Email us: yfa@awid.org

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