When an Internet troll starts posting rubbish, or you get spam emails etc, the best advice is to ignore them.
They just seek attention and/or recognition. By ignoring them, blocking them, paying them no attention, you render their actions powerless.
They may keep trying, but after a while they generally realise that it’s not working, that their actions are being seen as background noise rather than the focus of attention they desire.
Whilst it is very sad that there have been more deaths in the recent ‘terror*’ attacks (*terror my arse. It’s plain and simple murder), the constant media frenzy (that goes beyond simply reporting the facts), the social media outrage and anger, the ‘solidarity profile pictures’ and support statuses, are feeding the attackers ego.
With all the good intentions in the world, your flag colours on your profile picture show both support to those involved, and that the attackers have got the message out. What they are doing is working. Look how many people know about us!!!
They incite hatred, they fuel anger, and they do it by using the news and social media.
‘There was an explosion in Brussels which lead to deaths and serious injuries. The incident is being investigated by the relevant authorities.‘
That’s all you need to know.
I’m not being cold hearted about this, and I’m not suggested a media blackout, but if you have anything to do with anyone involved, you’ll be kept informed any way. The rest of us should just leave well alone and stop fuelling the ‘advertising‘ of what happened.
If you know people and you want to let them know you are thinking about them, then do it privately, call them!
Hell, if I’d been injured or something terrible had happened to me, I’d want to either shut myself away or physically talk to someone, not openly chat about it on Facebook or Twitter.
So whilst I can only imagine the pain, suffering and loss from such attacks, I believe the majority of people should quieten down and stop feeding the trolls.
Donate money. Do something to help, just don’t shout about it.
Whilst on the ‘so called terror‘ subject, If you don’t think the terrorists are winning, then think about this…
I never had to worry about carrying a bottle of shampoo and some water in my carry-on case when flying abroad in my younger days. I never took my belt off and I kept my shoes on as I walked through to the aircraft.
I could drive right up to airports and park out front of them. You had lots of access to areas to view the aircraft flying about – just as a visitor, not a passenger.
You could visit the flightdeck with your kid (or visit it yourself, you big kid!).
There weren’t parking restrictions and entry restrictions around public displays or gatherings.
A policeman with a gun?!? In public?!? In ENGLAND?!? Never saw that.
They aren’t winning though.