On Verbal Violence

With social media we have seen a specific type of commentators gaining ground: the trolls. They have always been around on a full moon, only now they are screened from meeting whomever they are attacking online. Verbal violence has consequently become decidedly easy.

Due to the freedom of speech, they have of course a fundamental right to speak. This is a fact with which we cannot and shall not interfere.

But - BUT - sometimes verbal violence is exactly what it seems and we have to recognize it for what it is. Marilena Nardi has visualized it for us, never again to be mistaken for anything other.

This is the image for our inner eye the next time we are met with it.

Note the swollen red lid under the one eye. As Marilena Nardi points out, it is not just a beast within, but one that has been restrained till now. We must acknowledge the fact that no dialogue come from comments of the kind below, nor was dialogue ever intended.

This is bile. It is nothing but.

Marilena Nardi, re-published in August 2016.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Marilena Nardi and must not be reproduced without her permission.

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