I’ll start by saying that this blog was prompted a conversation with Helen Lewis and Martin Robbins about the deplorable double standards of the Daily Mail. I don’t know if this would work with global media giants. It probably wouldn’t, it does work with individual trolls. I know, I’ve done it.
What does a troll want? Reaction. Any reaction. Any reaction at all. Any acknowledgement is a reaction. That’s how they know they’ve “won”, what they’ve won is another question. How do you win? Don’t react. Don’t acknowledge.
And it’s really that simple.
Firstly stop acknowledging them. Don’t say that you are. Don’t alert them, just quietly decide that you’ll ignore them. And continue to do so.
They’ll twig slowly that you’ve removed their existence from your purview.
Then they’ll react. They’ll rail at you, they might well start a targeted attack on you.
They’ll react further.
Never respond to anything they say or do ever again.
And I mean “ever”.
Never, ever give them another reaction as long as you live. Never refer to them obliquely, never react to anything anyone says to them. They, and by extension anything to do with them, do not exist. If you want a laugh about it do so quietly to yourself.
If you respond, even years later they win.
Given time they will implode in fury and vanish out of existence.
Still then do not laugh.