A Psychopathic Poet, The Devil's Bastard Son. (curefreak) wrote in blog_sociology,
I'm like a kid at Christmas right now. :)

You see there is a guy in my social circle who I openly admit falls into the category of me tolerating, as opposed to actually liking or actively disliking. We all follow the English football (soccer). He is a Liverpool supporter, as are a couple of other guys in the group, whereas I myself am a Chelsea fan.

It seems this guy is a moderator of a Liverpool blog (Not on LJ). He apparently spends hours a day on there, picking arguments with other Liverpool fans, stirring them up and making them more and more angry until they lose it. He then turns around and pretends that he is innocent and that they are overreacting and uses his role as moderator to claim that it would not be in the community's best interests for him to make it uncomfortable for members, so it is all on them. So basically he is a troll of sorts. The thing is English football fans do stir each other up, it's just part of it, but this person is taking it to the extreme and is unrelenting with it.

I'm excited because I have the opportunity to watch his "work" on the website, without his knowledge, observe him in a real life social setting and compare the two. Also, because I am ambivalent toward him, I am unlikely to taint my observations with my personal feelings.

I'm curious, have any of you been in a position to do something similar and if so, how did it go?
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isis_newton

February 23 2010, 18:19:04 UTC 4 years ago

The thing is English football fans do stir each other up, it's just part of it, but this person is taking it to the extreme and is unrelenting with it.

This is something that ALL football fans do regardless of nationality, but you're making it sound like only English people do it.

OT: I'd find it hard to keep it totally secret that I knew about the online thing (for very long), especially if I thought the guy was being a tool (which it sounds like he is).

curefreak

February 23 2010, 18:26:53 UTC 4 years ago

I didn't mean it as an English thing, as I am based in both the US and Australia, rather I meant fans of English football...for the record this guy is actually American. I also assume it is the case with other country's football supporters too, though I can't speak from personal experience there. Sorry for the mix up :). I'm also talking about the jibes, as opposed to the extreme behaviour too.

I did see your OT as a possible issue, but I am relishing this opportunity to do my own sociological study, so I am confident that might allow me to hold my tongue in this instance :).