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My three rules to beat the trolls

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It remains my favourite line about a sportsperson.

When I was in a studio about to go to a live cross to New Zealand on Paul Holmes current affairs television show a couple of decades ago, he opened his show saying, “Thank you, for joining us. Tonight, we look at the John Hopoate using his finger in the tackles story. Is he an animal, is he a brute or ... is he just lonely?”

Boom, boom!

Which brings me, oddly enough, to social media trolls. At a time when they are in the news as never before, with endless complaints about their ability to wound, to vilify, and inflame, might I offer a few words from one who has had vast experience with them?

For I really do think most of them are just lonely, desperate for a reaction, any reaction just to affirm their own existence. In my case the subject that caused the most online abuse, might surprise you. It was nothing to do with the republic, climate change, atheism, concussion or the view that every now and then Alan Jones should put a sock on it. All........

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