A tale of three trolls
Conversely, the one thing I really hate is being put in a box of someone else’s making. I detest labels being slapped on my forehead as if some other yahoo had the moral authority to re-define my whole life, and throw away all the effort and achievement.
People like that get their own label in my book:
Overbearing, arrogant, obnoxious moralizing twits.
During the presidential campaign, I received very few visits from trolls. Some character @zensei used to harass me on Twitter, and that taught me that resistance to a skilled troll is futile. I blocked him/her. While the “yellow apologists” were being badgered, the trolls pretty much left me alone. I attribute this to their believing that people like Jim Paredes or Leah Navarro have more followers and impact, and so deserved attention. Or else, they understood that I am not really a “yellow”, but an analyst who is in favor of the Philippines first, and political causes only if they build the nation.
But that recently changed.
AFTER the election, it changed.
I think it traces back to my having met Mar Roxas personally, and subsequently President Aquino, and the awareness set in that we here at The Society of Honor may talk to people of influence.
Now people arrive on my Twitter feed, or go to the trouble to “friend” me on Facebook, so they can offer up their unsolicited guidance. Ahahaha. “Guidance.”
My blog “We, the disenfranchised” brought three such
bugs visitors out of the woodwork on Twitter, and I wanted to give them the attention they evidently demand, for the lessons we can learn from that.
The incentive for the three uninvited visitors to pop into my timeline was a blog that basically said people of humanist character, who value human rights, represent a new disenfranchised class in the Philippines because we have no one in government actively speaking up for our values.
Ivan Tech, Twitter handle @Asian2266, sent me this tweet in response to the blog:
Here’s his profile on Twitter:
- Tweets: 47,200+
- Following: 818
- Followers: 254
- Likes: 159
Ivan Tech, @oined June 2012
Boy howdy, that tweet irked me royally. The implication is that, by writing critically about extra-judicial killings, I am being disrespectful of the voters who gave President Duterte a sacred mandate. Sacred, sheesh, as if Duterte were a god and criticizing is irreverent. By inference from this tweet, I am being disrespectful of President Duterte. By inference, I should “shut up”.
I wrote back that I found the tweet offensive, and blocked the guy.
I scrolled through his voluminous tweets and wondered what in the name of Duterte is this guy doing? And the answer is, making noise. For Duterte. Making noise, himself, with only 254 followers, most of whom presumably retweet the pro-Duterte noise he puts out.
He bounces off of others (like me) and moralizes and lectures, leveraging THEIR follower base if they respond. He works to generate the impression that President Duterte is “hands off” to critics because he has a mandate to do whatever the hell he wants to do. Praise the gods!
What part of democracy and freedom does this obnoxious, overbearing twit not understand?
Is that the view that is being fed to them by the new Communications Office of the President of the Philippines. Is that their marching order?
My, my, my, how that worm has turned. From an office dedicated to capturing knowledge and the history of the Philippines (MLQ3 under President Aquino) to an office peddling bullshit.
Well, it is apparent that the social media army that put President Duterte in place during his campaign is now hard at work trying to shape our world, to distort it, to project that President Duterte has the right to rule without criticism.
The President must run a very very very insecure operation. And perhaps incompetent, too, if he needs that much distortion to throw out there for cover.
Jennylyn is much like Ivan in volume, but a bit more popular and resonant. She hit my timeline a couple of times by retweeting the postings of other Duterte trolls. It is the multiplier effect they strive for when they find a comment that they think has punch for Duterte or, in her cases on my timeline, taking pot-shots at “the enemy”. Me. Jim Paredes.
What part of genuine and original does this re-tweeting automaton not grasp?
Her gravatar photo is cute for such a nasty business., don’t you think?
I blocked the little cutie. Her messages are like plastic bags trashing the beach, serving no purpose but erosion of things that are good.
- Tweets: 38,300
- Following: 80
- Followers: 550
- Likes: 4,096
Jennylyn Ong, @Joined April 2012
Jiros Navales, Twitter handle @jirossthevirus, also sent a tweet regarding the “disenfranchised” blog to my attention. His message was part moralizing and part a put down of the Aquino Administration by reference to the Mamasapano event.
Here is his profile on twitter:
- Tweets: 1,903
- Following: 280
- Followers: 42
- Likes: 104
Jiros Navales, @jirossthevirus, I’m a nomad, a vagrant, a wonderer, a weirdo and I’m a nurse, Davao City, facebook.com/jiros.navales, Joined October 2010
Well, I didn’t answer him and did not block him. To answer would be to legitimize his tweet and send it out to my 2,400 followers. To block him would be to disallow any further amusements from him in the future.
What part of intelligence does this self-confessed weirdo not understand?
Jiros seems to me to be a new recruit, just warming up to the task of being a twitter thug, wandering the jungles of the internet and popping off. Maybe he is a second or third or 20th iteration of the real troll’s overall effort, I dunno. Why do they put me with Jim Paredes, I wonder? Not my musical talent, I know. Could be looks, I suppose. Jim has a million Twitter followers, and me a puny band of loyalists.
Perhaps my writing, and this blog, are just too good, make too much sense, are too powerful for the Duterte band of botherers.
One gets the sense that the new government believes it can’t make it on deeds alone. It needs to shape the message with a powerful propaganda effort. Paid for by us, I’d imagine. The taxpayer dollar.
For a sense of perspective, here is my own profile:
- Tweets: 3,041
- Following: 75
- Followers: 2,414
- Likes: 1,947
JoeAm, @societyofhonor, Joe America is a former banking executive who lives permanently in the Philippines and blogs relentlessly, Philippines, joeam.com, Joined November 2011.
Compare the “likes” among the three of us, and run a ratio of likes to tweets.
That’s the difference between “relevance” and “noise”.
This seems to be a very noisy administration.
I’m reminded of the sweet smelling deodorizers found in urinals and bathrooms around the world, those little white hockey pucks that attempt the impossible. Their job is to try to mask and re-define the scent of the room, but we all know what is really going on in there.
And that’s where these three hockey pucks belong.
At the bottom of a urinal somewhere . . . anywhere . . .
It’s all very clear to me. It is up to the new President to decide what represents him best:
Deeds or hockey pucks.