Death Of A Troll

Almost 32 million people have now received their first vaccination jab in the U.K. with over 5 million of our most vulnerable citizens having received both. The rollout has been an unprecedented success and the British government is on target to meet its pledge to have offered a vaccination to every adult by the end of July. What’s more the public are on board, with 94% of people in a recent poll stating they would avail of the offer.

These figures have surprised even the most optimistic estimates. And I’m no exception as every time I check social media I stumble across hordes of angry, screaming anti-vaccination trolls. They tend to type in capital letters, use lots of exclamation marks and share dubious links which, upon closer examination, don’t amount to a hill of beans. They were everywhere, or so I thought.

The stats don’t lie though, leading me to conclude that such creatures are a very noisy, but very tiny minority. Much more quietly the huge majority of the population are getting vaccinated in their droves. It’s a war the trolls are losing big time and they don’t like it, cranking up their crazy conspiracy stories and wacky scare stories to new levels of ludicrousness. Scary, but nonsense that is constantly rebuked by sound medical and scientific advice.

I say death to the trolls. But a quiet death whereby simply ignoring them sends these pathetic creatures scurrying back under their bridges to sulk and fester. Starving them of the limelight, the oxygen of attention drives them insane with fury. Or more insane than they were to start with. A wall of silence and indifference is the best and only way to deal with their ridiculous antics. They are the underbelly of social media: sad, insignificant souls doomed to ply their pitiful trade to an ever diminishing audience.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

17 thoughts on “Death Of A Troll

  1. That is excellent news Stephen! 3 Cheers to my friends across the pond for stepping up. Some where in the far reaches of youtube you can search my name and find the video Betsy and I participated in urging folks: Don’t hesitate, vaccinate.
    Blessings of health on the Black household,

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  2. Nothing shuts down a troll like undisputed facts and results. When we’re faced with a life-saving decision, we get more serious about our fact finding. These anti-vacciners just sound unhinged and irrational. Coming off a four-year high of constant conspiracy theories and lies spewed from our White House, the quiet coming from there now is literally a breath of fresh air. We’ve still a long way to go but I’m more hopeful. Your post adds to that hope.

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  3. I don’t have much use for either side who wastes their time in online arguments. But I will note, not everyone who feels caution towards taking the vaccine is an antivaxer or a troll. Some cautious people just like to have all the information and make sure everything is safe before they blindly believe anything (I’m talking ALL areas here… religion, science, vaccinations, etc.)

    I’m one of those people. Our kids are vaccinated, but I do have a hesitation about this vaccine. It was put out quickly, I would dare say any new thing that’s rushed I’m a tad skeptical of. I respect and admire your step to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Very important! Just make sure you don’t jump to conclusions about the cautious ones. (But I doubt this is what you’re talking about here.)

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    1. I agree. We researched the vaccine before deciding to take it. As you know, we have a disabled daughter who would be very at risk from COVID. We made an informed decision. I hope you make the right choice for your family. I respect everyone’s right to choose. It’s the aggressive minority online who spread lies and fear that I have a problem with.

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