“Night vision goggles and a f***ing sword”

It’s Friday again. And as the little hand sweeps towards the big five, we can briefly consider how seriously internet trolls should be taken. Perhaps it’s time for a reassessment?

4chan is an image-sharing site. I think that it would be safe to say that it lacks some of Slugger’s moderation rules.

Some of the regulars on 4Chan’s boards put the N into NSFW.

It is haunted by a hidden army of b/tards. A /b/ – according to the Urban Dictionary is “…the guy who calls a suicide hotline to hit on the advisor” (among other things). A b/tard is “a fully oiled part of the Internet Hate Machine” among other things.

These people are generally not, by their own admission, to be taken that seriously. Or so some b/tard‘s thought when an anonymous poster turned up asking what equipment he should take with him on his mission to hunt down and kill Osama Bin Laden.

The consensus was that he’d probably need “…night vision goggles and a fucking sword.

MSN takes up the story. (Via Chris)

“Gary Brooks Faulkner, who was found carrying a sword, pistol and night-vision goggles on a solo mission to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden, according to Pakistani authorities, was also being questioned by a team of investigators…”

Read the rest here.

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