UPDATE: This poorly worded article describes what it is like to work in a Russian Troll Factory.
You start to see how trolling can have a corrosive effect on individuals. Are you being trolled? More on that, later.
Oh, right, that's all a myth, too. Again, they are not trying to convince you of any one argument, but instead to make background noise. To get the nose of the camel in the tent - to get you to think that maybe there might even be a teeny, tiny bit of "another side to the story" when it comes to World War II.
Go on YouTube and watch any video about WW II and you will be assaulted by trolls in the comment section, all lauding what a great guy Hitler was and how the Jews were evil. It is more than a little disturbing. You and I might laugh at it, but some impressionable youngster? Kids love to believe in conspiracy theories as it is - it doesn't take much to push them to radical agendas (hence the popularity of Ayn Rand in college).
And there is such a thing as truth, too. So many people like to say that truth is subjective - which is the first step in watering down ideas and making obscene ideas seem rational.
And since we are all so "stressed out" and "living paycheck to paycheck" it just "makes sense" to veg out in front of the TeeVee after work and order a delivery pizza and not bother to balance your checkbook.
That is the "norm" they are trying to sell you.
Sadly, troll-trolls are so commonplace now that it is hard to go anywhere online and not see them. Many fake-news websites exist for the sole purpose of trying to get people to re-post their fake news stories on Facebook - so they can laugh (haw! haw! haw!) or giggle (tee-hee) at people.
Whenever a YouTube video is mentioned on Reddit, the Reddit trolls descend, and populate the comments section with predictable trolls. One will posit that no matter what the video is about, it is sexist. Another will troll from a different angle, and so forth. The goal is to see how many people react to these nonsense postings.
It is sort of like any joke - funny the first time, but after a while, what's the point? The same joke, told over and over again, isn't funny, except to very small children.
Troll trolls are just very sad people.
So, what is the point of all this? Well, your opinions on things - which you believe are your own, that you came to, after careful consideration of all the "facts" - are really influenced by this constant background noise in day-to-day life. What television or radio stations you listen to, who your friends are, where you live, and what you read online (or in the papers, magazines, etc.) have a greater impact on you - and us all - that we'd like to think.
As I noted earlier, during the last election, many people expressed disappointment with Obama, and his approval ratings were very low. Many complained about the economy - which the Republicans were quick to call "the Obama Economy". But now that the election is over, we see that growth is up a whopping 5% last quarter and that unemployment is down, hiring is up, inflation is down, the stock market is up, interest rates are low and gas is cheaper than ever.
If this is a "down economy" you have to be on drugs. But we were all sold this idea that somehow Obama was an abject failure - not because of any one thing, but because of a drumbeat of background voices, whispering "Benghazi" or whatever. Over time, this sort of thing sinks into your soul, unnoticed, and pretty soon you start believing it.
And that is just one example. It is not hard to figure out what the Russian trolls are up to - or the neo-Nazi ones. And we certainly know what the financial trolls are after - our wallets.
The best way to avoid this sort of thing is to simply unplug as much as possible. Don't watch television - which is a passive, non-interactive medium. And challenge the premise of any argument you see in the paper or on the Internet.
People are constantly trying to persuade you to adopt ideas that are contrary to your own best interests.
Don't let them in!