Here is an article I got to read thanks to @beastoftraal. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html?_r=2
It is, as he says, a very compelling read and something that makes one introspect, i.e. if he has the tendency to.
Please read the remaining of this blog after you have read the article.
What I took away from the article most was this line "Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led to her undoing. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit, and so they continued to do so"
There have been various studies that have been published on online troll behavior. They are said to be mix of sadists, narcissists and psychopaths.
In our attempt to bring about 'justice', using social media as a tool for public shaming, in a situation where we believe a person has erred, are we, the ones who believe ourselves to be sane and compassionate/empathetic (add any positive adjective that you would love to describe yourself) exhibiting troll tendency at some level ourselves? Especially the sadistic aspect? Or are we all closet bullies?