This is an unusual post to try and write, but since trolls love to hide behind the anonymity of their computer screens, they're harder to reach. I'm also an old fart, still optimistic that even the most miserable people can be turned just a little bit. Most of us have moments where we exhibit a little troll-like behavior, but we don't make it a habit.
What got me started on this topic today were a couple of so called artists who criticized a spotlight post with images by one of the industry's finest photographers. They weren't happy with just a comment about the images, but chose to suggest he look for work elsewhere.
Here's the point...You made the decision to be a troll or act like one. And, while we all have moments where our frustrations get the best of us, not everybody chooses to make it a lifestyle. Maybe it's time to take down that poster of Oscar the Grouch you've had on your wall since you were a kid; he was never meant to be a role model.
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