Expert Thoughts

How To Cope With The Shit Trolls Say Behind That Cozy Veil Of Online Anonymity

Ms. Bertliet reading trolls' mean comments in her "Shit Trolls Say" video (Screengrab: YouTube)

In general, I don’t mind dissenting opinions because I understand that aiming or expecting to please everyone would be foolish. Aristotle said: “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” As a writer whose work is often extremely personal and arguably quite provocative, I would even concede that I invite disapproval and ire to a certain extent. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Internet Commenters Help NYPD Track Down Brooklyn Subway Mugger

(Screencap: YouTube)

Yesterday a video of a 56-year-old woman being brutally mugged in the F train station in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood went viral. The video shows a woman descending the stairs into the station before she is pushed up against a door and hit and kicked. The assailant then empties her purse, grabs some items and chases after her through the station. Though the crime occurred on March 9th, the NYPD released the video with the hopes that viewers would be able to help them ID the perp. Read More