I am impressed! I always thought that you can’t really post a blatant troll in a respectable, renowned, mainstream magazine like NY Times. And yet Mr. Mark Helprin has proved that a crafty writer can sneak a clever troll just about anywhere. His article is a masterfully crafted flamebait. If NY Times was a forum, it would be set ablaze in a matter of seconds. Most of forum trolls are more or less a precise, laser guided hits. This one is different. It’s like a napalm drop – designed to heat large area and infuriate as many people as possible. It’s subtle enough that it passed through the NY Times editorial BS filter, and yet arrogantly stupid, and needling enough to solidly piss you off. Just check out the title:
Blam! I’m already annoyed, and that’s just the title. It get’s better from there. You start reading the article and you go:
“Come on Helprin, you must be joking! No one can be this stupid, and short sighted!”
And then it hits you! It’s like an instant epiphany:
“Oh! I see what you did there!” It’s a troll! A NY Times troll!
Mr. Helprin – I salute you. Posting a blatant, vacuous, anti-intellectual, shallow flamebait in NY Times is quite an achievement – and this is why you get a link from here. Your trolling ways have impressed and amused me.
Anyway, if you see any other articles or publications by this dude, make sure you take them with a grain of salt. Mark Helprin is a Troll and so standard troll handling procedure should apply here: ignore it.
[tags]troll, ny times, mark helprin, copyright, public domain[/tags]