You know, usually I’m all for tracking down trolls and righting internet wrongs, but this situation seems to me to be one of those rare ones that call for the “just ignore them” technique. I mean, Rawstory, Back2Stonewall — are these important websites/people? I mean, he called his lawyer because some troll put up a fake account on Twitter to mess with him? So some assholes fell for it. So what?I don’t get the big deal. It’s Twitter. Who cares.
Here is what should have been Mr. Gutfield’s response to all this: “The ‘so-and-so’ that has been Twittering all those things is not me, but someone who set up an account pretending to be me. Here is what they did.” Then put up the explanation of how Twitter is case sensitive so you can set up a “fake” account by just changing capitalization of a single letter. End of story. All the hyperventilating about how he’d have been “ruined” and that they might have talked about him on MSNBC (o horrors! does anyone still watch MSNBC except irate rightwing bloggers who want something to be mad about?) just plays into the hands of trolls and bullies like TwItter guy and the gay guy at Back2Stonewall, who need the validation of people like Greg Gutfield wasting time on them like Paris Hilton needs purse dogs and KY Jelly. We need to stop doing this.