The year is 1999, and it was a typical day in November. The leaves fallen already and we been preparing for winter. I was about 12 that time and did not have many friends in school - not that I've had any apart from school - however we always hang out together in the classroom during breaks. I just go introduced to Star Trek and I became the nerd of the classroom pretty easily and fairly quickly.
Some days we had some other kids from a different class to share our room and of course some of them were mean ones. You know the kinda bully ones that target specific kids and shoot some nasty words and exercise subtle physical violence as well to prove their point. Well, there was a few of them who picked up on me and my other classmates and this was going on every day. After a good few weeks I was really on the edge of getting off track. I kept talking back to them, arguing, however that only empowered them to do more harm to me and my classmates.
I went home after a horrible school day and I was angry - if you know me, you know that getting me angry takes a LOT! I wasn't as calm when I was a child for sure. One part of me always wanted to fight back, to prove the good point and end the bullies. I remember one afternoon at home my Mom came to me and she asked me what is wrong? I told her that these guys picked me in school again and whatever I try to do to defend myself and prove them wrong it does not help, just worsen the situation. After telling her what is wrong and what was going on she told me "Maybe you should just see through them, pretend they are not there, like they don't exist. That will bother them soo much that eventually they will stop. There's no point for them to try if they can't get anything out from you." This really made me think and even though I was not really comfortable with that idea I though I go along with it. What could go wrong?
Next time when we had a joint class together they started their class act again. Coming up to me and my friends and telling their usual BS including some subtle violence. First time ever I just sat in my desk and I looked out of my head, not paying attention. They hit my head, my arm, they took away a pen of mine, but I just sat there quietly, not paying attention. The following day I've done the same thing, same happened. After about a good week and a half they finally did not bother to attack me. I was truly surprised. Sadly my friend did not take my advice and he just kept resisting and fighting back, so eventually they shifted their attention to him and I've left alone. Two weeks in and I was doing my thing, I was talking to my other friends and the bullies have gone. Things started to look up suddenly... :)
So, Why Is This Story?
I know you might gonna say that "Gary, you just made this up! Why do you share non-Star Trek related topic on your blog?" Well, the reason why I shared this story because recently I was going through the same thing, but the classroom drama was Twitter/YouTube drama. I did share my thoughts a few times about trolls and individuals online whom make up fake news and try to break down the happier side of the community with their stupid faces. You know the stories where Kurtzman got fired every single week, or the production team were having trouble filming, or Picard is going to fail, Spock has been abused, Data is not Data... and the list goes on. The recent thing is that altered Google search result shows that people does not look for Star Trek, like it does not exist any more... I know, the same s#!t again. :/
The fact is, I'm not bothered any more, as it should not bother you either. Remember the trolls from my class? Well, about a few months ago I started blocking every single one these individuals as I've got tired getting their faces popping up in my YouTube and Twitter feed. I looked at them and I've got frustrated, angry and over all passive-aggressive. I'm not saying that if I would see them I would slap them in their face - even though they would deserve it - but I've found the best way to treat this "fake-news-turds" to cut them out of my life. And I did. In a matter of seconds they were gone. A few days after I have had no recommendations, no pop-up news and no headaches. I finally seen everything about Star Trek as I always seen, through the eyes of those Trekkies who made a really big difference in my life: Trek on the Tube, Ketwolski, StarfleetBoy, The IrishTrekkkie, Kertrats, TrekkieRob and the list goes on. They are a few very talented individual who I've happened to come across because of Star Trek and they brought clarity to the madness that once haunted me from trolls like Frekrotics, MoccaRandom, FullMoon's Edge and even Herocrusing Fake Times just to mention a few - ohh I left MoodCock out, damn I'm so bad. :)
I'm not sure how may of you will read this. I have a feeling that maybe a few of you will and less of you probably will move on to watch a video on YouTube about Google Analytics - pun intended. :) Regardless, if you've made it here, I hope that I was able to show you how I'm filtering the information about what is happening out there and I how I handle it. It's not that difficult. Sure it will take time, but after you've got through it and cut out the crap from your life things will look a lot brighter. :) _\\//