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Brendan vs Robert: Out-trolling a troll

How do you defeat an internet troll? Well according to one Facebook user, through cynicism and extreme persistence.


The age we live in seems to be awash with internet trolls. Once kept under bridges or on the far side of political discourse, the interconnectivity of the web has camped them on our doorsteps. Ignorance is a hard disease to cure, and thanks to the general anonymity of trolldom, it is also an issue that is hard to police, let alone solve.

So, how do you slay a troll?

By commitment it seems. Commitment to utter marginalisation; a potential solution enacted by Facebook user Robert Graves, who found his troll in Brendan Sullivan, before seeking his breaking point. In every small-minded, vicious post that Mr Sullivan trotted out on Facebook, Graves was there to needle, nudge and force feed the taste of his own medicine back upon him:

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I suppose there is weight to the argument of beating troll by being a troll, and how much change can you expect to bring with brute force? But in the words of the two combatants:

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God Bless you, Mr Graves.

Catch the full story in it entirety in this brilliant Imgur post.


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