There is a certain Texan here on Our Salon who regularly posts his own twisted version of current events with provocative language about conspiracy and race and customized "facts" which clearly invite comments and conflict. This isn't Trollish behavior in the traditional internet ethic of creative chaos, but much more in the boorish pontification of bigoted and paranoid agit-prop commentary found in specialized chat rooms.
Never having been one to engage in unnecessary "dust ups," I have chosen not to take his bait and never bothered to read or comment on his posts; but his latest atrocity has accumulated more comments than any of his previous posts. While I remained determined not to add to that noise, I still felt the need to do something, so I started looking at the numbers:
Of his last 20 posts, five have zero comments. Eight have five or fewer comments and only eighteen members of Our Salon have left comments on fifteen of those 20 posts. Excluding his rebuttals, these posts have drawn an average of four comments, and looking at these numbers, it occurred to me "What if?"
What if no one on Our Salon bothered to view his posts? What if no one read or commented? I wonder how long he would continue to babble his barely veiled racist nonsense inside his own personal echo chamber? Taking it one step further: What if the 24-7-365 mainstream media beast stopped quoting and linking to the toxic trolls on FOX News and that psychotic blood sucking tick, Rush Limbaugh? What if mainstream corporate sponsors pulled their advertising from those outlets?
What if? If only...