When I was a senior in High School and the Internet was young, some of the not-popular, not-athletic kids created a website called the Anti-CHS webpage. 16 years later I don't remember much of what it contained except that they were calling out a lot of the nepotism, hypocrisy, bigotry, and abuse by the popular (rich) kids and their parents who were also in some cases teachers and faculty. Kids, as smaller versions of adults, are shitty creatures.
The site created quite a stir among the popular / rich kids. The football players threatened to beat the shit out of the creators, as you would expect and the faculty threatened suspensions, etc. And they really wanted to find out who it was who made the site. It wasn't me, and I didn't personally know the people who did it, but I did know their names. And I couldn't have given less of a shit about CHS or any of the people involved. But I did find it ... illuminating of the pathetic robot monkey nature of the people involved, even those creating the site. It takes a lot of uncontrolled anger (read: weakness) to go to that effort to shit your vitriol into everyone's face.
So I saw this as an entertaining opportunity to expose even more of these dumb monkeys' dumb monkey qualities. So I created the Anti-Anti-Anti-CHS webpage and set it as the homepage on all the computers in the lab. And I spoofed the email address of the creators of the original Anti-CHS webpage and emailed bombed, that is sent something like 700 junk emails to the student body president who was also a two faced manipulative and extremely entitled politician asshole, the son of one of the richest people in town. They had (reasonably speaking) no way to trace it to me and simply believed it came from the creators of the Anti-CHS webpage.
The explosion was marvelous on all sides. The meat-heads coming to the defense of the other popular kid making even greater threats of physical violence. The Faculty flipping their lids at the insubordinate terrorists making greater threats of punishment ...in their embarrassment at their inability to CONTROL the students. And the creators of the website losing their shit and exposing their small monkey minds even more with much more garbage vitriol.
Then came the Columbine Shootings. And by graduation the school was in a maelstrom of stupid. Everyone talking about watch lists, and rumors about the creators of that site pulling the fire alarm during graduation and then mowing people down as they exited the building.
Really beautiful revelation of how pathetic people really are. And I had the pleasure of being a hidden multiplier in that illustration of the weakness of the mass of humanity.
There is an art to being a troll. Jonathan Swift, and his "A Modest Proposal" on the selling and eating of babies as the solution to the Irish poverty is a prime example of how the art of Troll can make a lasting impact. Almost 300 hundred years later, most educated people still know the story. It has become a classic example of how deliberately being a covert asshole in the midst of a conflict can create disgust going in both directions and thus draw to light the pathetic absurdity of human behavior.
I have been an asshole, at some point, to probably everyone I've ever known more than briefly. A large chunk of that, I am sure, has just been me being, like everyone else, a dumb bio-survival oriented monkey, but a very large portion of that asshole-ism has on the contrary been me trying to point something out in your behavior, to make you flip, to make you expose yourself as exhibiting dumb monkey behavior. It was me calling you out. ...that your ideology is based on anger and fear, not reason.
Anyway. Why am I telling this story?
Well I just watched the following documentary, and while I'm pretty much a-political these days, I think it is very well worth a watch as it does a hell of a good job at illuminating the virtues of being a Troll. And as well some political stuff, and the interesting point that the Occupy movement was created by the FBI if you can look past the shitty soundtrack and stick with it past the character building to 1hr 08 mins.