For our baiting the baiters series, let’s try a run-on sentence by stating that there are trolls who get high on smashing others down anonymously, feeling powerful in their cowardliness, and then there are misanthropes who, pretending to be the more innocent internet troll, instead with a more sinister side, stalk others who they feel challenge their worldview that is the only view to be allowed by them in the world, so that they become the voice of “the people” whether anyone agrees with that channeling or not, which is perhaps the reason why the stalker pretending to be a mere troll also remains anonymous, you know, because they are the mere voice of “the people”, but in this they are a voice of power, you know, of the proletariat, with all the adrenaline and self-importance that brings. In one of my internet bully’s frequent comments, which somehow get stuck in the moderation queue, he referenced his speaking for the rights of “the people.”
Let me see… Where have I seen that phrase previously? Was it with Abe Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address, something about a government by, of and for the people not perishing from the face of the earth, being inspired, you know, by the opening words of the U.S. Constitution, “We the people”, words which are also consonant with individual rights including freedom of speech by individuals, the free exercise of religion by individuals, etc? Those words made the likes of Engels and then Marx become very agitated, enough that they became in their own minds the incarnation of “the people,” speaking for the make pretend “people” of their ideology regardless of whether that ideology had any reflection in reality or not.
This “the people” thing represents a paradigmatic shift, going from a merely self-absorbed annoying troll to a Promethean stalker with an imagined mandate of “the people.” As with dialectical materialism referencing “the people”, this imagined stalking mandate of “the people” brings with it a licence to commit whatever kind of violence on whatever level. But that’s just cold analysis. Cyber stalking has a number of characteristics, any one of which or combination thereof can get someone jailed, especially when it is made clear to the stalker guy that his advances (read into that word whatever you want: see Romans 1) are unwanted. Hey! Anonymous cyber-stalker guy! Your activities are unwanted. Now you’ve been told, clearly. But you’ve already crossed legal lines in a number of ways.