A million people disagreed (far more than I deserve!)
Which tells me very plainly, that I must have touched a nerve!
A thousand thousand people in a screaming, howling throng
United in their fantasy that what I said was wrong!
My rightness is self-evident! I should remain aloof,
And point to my detractors as my evidence—my proof—
But the truth is, I can’t help it! Cos I really love the fight…
I’ll illuminate my enemies, as proof that I am right!
Here’s a physicist from Brooklyn, who challenges my claim—
See the detail he goes into? Clearly, ego is to blame!
A biologist from Buffalo who, just as I’ve expected,
Cites a mountainload of evidence, and claims I’ve been dissected—
Such an overkill (attempted) shows I’ve got her on the run,
Or she wouldn’t thrash so wildly, as I’ve shown that she has done.
And psychologists, historians, reporters by the score
Show I’ve clearly pressed some button that they simply can’t ignore
All those eggheads up at Harvard; “intellectuals” from Yale…
The philosophers from Stanford, munching California kale
There’s some weakness in their character, some fundamental flaw
I elicit some reaction; they’re forbidden to withdraw!
Oh, my loyal opposition, such an educated crowd…
I must be onto something, or they wouldn’t howl so loud!
I’d link to the site that inspired this verse, except that it wasn’t just one site, it was more like the entire internet. There were stories about religion and atheism, about climate change, about gun ownership or control, about vaccines. Any time one side can pull out a mountain of evidence, the other side’s go-to move appears to be to pretend that the mountain of evidence is an emotional over-reaction that shows we’ve hit a nerve.
And maybe I’m being paranoid, but it really does look like there is an organized group of denialists. Since the study came out that showed the effect of internet comments on the perceptions of the article itself, it seems that there have been more denialists, better organized, commenting early and often. It would not surprise me in the slightest if some people are making a decent living by being trolls.
If you are one of the people employing them, and want someone who can troll in verse, let me know.