Bullies, Bad Guys, Trolls, Harsh Critics, Villains and Why We Need Them...

Bullies, Bad Guys, Trolls, Harsh Critics, Villains and Why We Need Them...

Nobody likes a jerk. Right? Of course not, but let's face it, they make life more interesting; A controversial topic...

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By jjk2814 - 9/11/2012


A recent contributor voiced his strong voice against bullies, troll, critics and all around A**holes on this site. He got some harsh criticisms. I had some differing opinions of my own. Let me say upfront, that in this article, I do not intend to condone, embrace, or encourage being cruel or disrespectful to a fellow comicbookmovie member. However, I simply want to voice a level-headed, rational, and honest opinion of the topic.

If you post on an article on this site, or anywhere on the internet you must be ready for anything from a kind criticism to all-out attack. It's simply the culture we have created for ourselves with this thing called the "INTERNET." Here on this site, there are definite antagonists who simply seem to revel in being a contrarian, or even an all out villain. In my views though, even the worst of us (and I say "us" because I like to think everyone on this site see's it as a community) are no where near as bad as the general online public. You wanna see some real trolls check out nearly ANY IMDb chat board.

As I said, I don't condone being a bully, but criticism, even a harsh criticism makes the conversation more interesting. It opens the Comment Board to be a battle ground between the good and the bad. If there's one thing we know from reading comics its that all the best villains believe themselves to be the hero. Lex Luthor only wants to destroy Superman because he see's him as the bane of humanity. To destroy this symbol of false-hope Lex could restore the balance and glory to the common man.

I believe, perhaps naively so, that even the biggest bully, the harshest critic, in some way, deep down, sub-consciously perhaps, they are trying to help even the worse article writer.

Also, I understand that many on this site are younger, children, teenagers, troubled early twenty-somethings; Hey my early twenties sucked, I feel for ya. This next bit is for you...

Here's the thing though, as a kid I wrote all the time! I wrote more scripts for Jurassic Park 2,3, and 4 on everything from construction paper, that printer paper that had the punched holes that you tore off the edges, to wide-ruled and eventually college ruled. In college I wrote a series of 120+ page Buddy Cop movies. I still write. But you know what? All I've ever gotten were positive comments from childhood to today. That tells me I don't take risks, I don't think outside the box, I have to be my own worst critic. I eventually started writing intentionally bad stories just to get someone to call me out. My point is, from experience, critics, even total jerks CAN BE a good thing.

This hasn't been a short article, so I apologize. I could go on forever, but lets open the floor to comments...

And yes, I know I misspelled a couple words, used caps more than once, have an affinity for run-on sentences, and I am a total idealist. So, if you're gonna troll, be original, I'll get a kick out of it...
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BlazinTexan - 9/11/2012, 8:24 PM
A troll is a goddamn troll end of story. Keyboard cowboys! Pretty pathetic actually.
jjk2814 - 9/11/2012, 8:27 PM
Thanks for reading. To be honest though, I'm at the point where I can't see any point in trying to fight them. You just have to live with it. Until one crosses a line, which happens, and thankfully a lot of times, they get deleted.
ArtisticErotic - 9/11/2012, 8:34 PM
A troll doesn't make life more interesting they just cause more unnecessary drama.

Harsh Critics I have no problem with, they are just expressing their opinion in a more extreme manor.

A bully is just as pointless as a troll, just another person causing unnecessary drama.

If you want to make things more interesting how creating topics in a creative way that will make people think in a different way. I'd much rather have deep intellectual discussions on this site rather than the pointless/ childish bullying and trolling that goes on here most of the time.


A Villain is just an obstacle for the protagonist to battle and overcome in a fictional story.
jjk2814 - 9/11/2012, 8:37 PM
Very good response.

"I'd much rather have deep intellectual discussions on this site rather than the pointless/ childish bullying and trolling that goes on here most of the time."

I was really hoping to incite just that with this editorial. You have contributed a great response. So thank you.

Again, in my opinion, the trolling/bullying/whatever you wanna call it is no where near as bad here as in nearly anywhere else on the internet.


jjk2814 - 9/11/2012, 8:46 PM
I'll admit what this article needed was a rousing call-to-arms for the good guys. I'll save that for another day. I'm interested on where this goes from here...
jjk2814 - 9/11/2012, 9:01 PM
Thanks. Believe me, if it was in my power to create an artificial intelligence that could, without flaw, spot and delete the worst offenses, I'd give it freely to every major website on the internet. All I really wanted to do is offer is a new way to look at the "bad guys." I admit, maybe I'm a bit naive towards the subject. Aside from IMDb, comment sections on the DC website, a couple other geek-havens, Comicbookmovie.com is about my only online interaction.

Again, it's not my intent to justify cruelty, and maybe I underestimate the sheer annoyance of a true troll.
jjk2814 - 9/11/2012, 9:11 PM
Oh yeah, the "ites"...boy they're a whole nother beast...
Jollem - 9/11/2012, 11:49 PM
nice article

people doing their usual monkeyshines just with the intent to make somebody upset is very juvenile

repetitively crapping on something every chance they get just to make a stink is as well(i don't include grif, as he's an enigmatic artist with what he does. and also doesn't start sh!t with people)

hypocrisy is very prevalent usually. the whole; "dishing it out but can't take it". that sort of thing

people like to fight for attention or many other reasons. it's the internet. i'm aware of this so that's no bother to me

what is a bother is whenever i hear people say "gtfo" or; "if you don't like [insert whatever] then "gtfo". isn't this site called comicbookmovie.com and not just one particular company or whatever?

people trying to get other users banned because they don't like them or don't like something they said seems wrong to me

i don't think it's wrong to speak your mind on whatever, be it positive or negative. but doing so specifically just to sh!t on someones good time is just silly and mean

Jollem - 9/12/2012, 8:13 AM
i think ArtisticErotic summed it up pretty good, but honorable mentions to all :)
jjk2814 - 9/12/2012, 12:21 PM
I will never complain about boobs...
BooYah - 9/12/2012, 2:55 PM
I just don't like anyone who's fake. Trolls are exactly that, they put on a fake persona because of the internets' security and privacy. In my opinion don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in real life. That being said I don't let trolls affect my day, I could never take the internet that seriously.
blite32 - 9/12/2012, 3:33 PM
Dude nice article
jjk2814 - 9/12/2012, 4:30 PM
@BooYah; Very well said, in a lot of ways I feel exactly the same. Hell, I was really hoping to see more of them show up in this comment section.
@Blite32, thanks for reading. Your editorial got a bad wrap. I'd like to see you post another one on the topic at some point.
dezdigi - 9/13/2012, 7:41 AM
Nice article. I feel like I should say something trollish right about now ...
Anyway, I pretty much agree with Booyah, if you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it her! I'm not your enemy because I happen to like TDKR, or whatever. Grow up. And yes, I do realize there are a lot of users that haven't reached that level of maturity, so I think the older users should set an example. Hopefully, it works!
dezdigi - 9/13/2012, 7:42 AM
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