Cheerleading is stupid. That’s not to say we don’t like cheerleaders - big fans of ‘em, obviously - but the idea that leading cheers for sports is somehow worthy of sporthood itself is patently ludicrous. Pro cheerleaders get it - they’re there to look purty and smile and show up to PR events. College cheerleaders get it less so, but most of the one’s we’ve known never took themselves too seriously.
(High school cheerleading should not end like this.)
Then there’s high school cheerleading, a wholly different category. Despite what its fans would have you believe, it is not a sport…and hell, it’s more ‘Melrose Place’ than extracurricular activity anyway, with all the sex, drugs, and violence. On top of that, a new report says that it is also an incredibly dangerous activity for girls, with a high risk for “catastrophic injury.”And yet, it’s more popular than ever. What gives?
The website WISEGEEK.COM has this to say about the unfortunate phenomenon known as trolling: “An internet troll is someone who posts offensive, controversial, or divisive material on an Internet community.” Anyone who’s spent any amount of time on an intenet message board or blog has seen ‘em and perhaps even pities these people who spend their time getting off by anonymously being a jerk to people on the internet.
(So many good reasons to mock Texas A&M, why make stuff up?)
Usually, trolling occurs on the fringes of the internet, where the overly passionate message board readers or posters are easily riled up and duped. It’s much rarer to see it occur in the broad daylight of a mainstream website. It’s even rarer to see it happen in the pages of a major American newspaper, but that’s the only explanation for Richard Justice’s latest column. Nobody could actually honestly be this stupid.