My internet expertise appears to range from 1988-2009. When I decided to take a sanity break a couple of years ago I started missing out on memes and phrases and behaviours. But it has been the longest September ever and I just couldn’t keep up with all the Pedo Bears and ORLYs and lipsticked pigs and congresspersons’ underwear bulges.
That’s why I had to verify with the two sources I trust most on such things (Aunt B. and Urban Dictionary) the exact meaning of “Concern Troll” earlier this year. For those of you as ignorant* as I was:
A person who lurks, then posts, on a site or blog, expressing concern for policies, comments, attitudes of others on the site. It is viewed as insincere, manipulative, condescending.
So I didn’t recognise it when this guy (with no backlink) popped up at another blog to start talking about how all Christians–except him–are Neonazis and he is the New Dietrich Boenhoeffer. You’d think, with my internet savvy circa 2009 that I would at least know enough to walk away when Godwin’s Law bears out. But I blame the stone drugs. (Wow. I blame the stone drugs for a lot of things. Lazy me.) Or the fact that my husband is at Bonnaroo and I can’t text him pictures of the dogs. Or the fact that any time someone says “Dietrich Boenhoeffer” I start to get the same flopsweat I get when someone says “C.S. Lewis”. Sure, those guys are great theologians with whom I have much in agreement. But they’re still JUST MEN.
Anyway, I engaged this fellow early this morning, still in my Greensky Bluegrass afterglow. And as I ate lunch it dawned on me. He’s a freaking Concern Troll. I have, for the first time in YEARS, bitten troll-bait. Clearly I am out of practise here. But at the same time I told him he can engage me here, so that we can spare Mike Duran. (I’m not linking to Mike’s site on this because I don’t want to further muddy his blog on this matter.)
So, Matthew, if you want to continue the conversation…
*Ignorant is not a bad word. Despite what some people say. Everyone is ignorant of something. Including, it would seem, the knowledge that “ignorant” is not a bad word.