What’s disturbing about this new trend, in which commenters are
posting what would previously have been left anonymously, is that
these trolls seem not to mind that their real names, and sometimes
even their occupations, appear clamped to their vile words. It’s
as if a psychological norm is being established whereby comments
left online are part of a video game and not real life. It’s as if
we’ve all forgotten that there’s a real person on the other end,
reading and being hurt by our vitriol. That’s as close to the
definition of sociopath as one needs to get for an armchair
diagnosis, though of course many other typical sociopathic traits
are also being encouraged by social media.
Well-said. But the kicker is the byline.