What would happen if we followed up with people who troll us?
That’s exactly what this week’s Note To Self podcast explores with the internet famous Dylan Marron.
The internet star is most famous for his ‘un-boxing’ Facebook videos. They cover topics ranging from Islamophobia to toxic masculinity, literally unpacking those concepts.
And despite these videos being hugely popular and being well loved – he gets lots of trolling too.
So now, he’s been explaining why his podcast sees him talking with those people, who hate him.
Whether that’s after the message from a grandmother in North Dakota saying ‘he deserved to die.’
Or the teenager saying he was ‘the most pathetic human being he’d ever seen.’
On the show he ponders, ‘Why did he call me a faggot, why did he says something he’d never say to me in person?’
Then he went on a journey of being shaken by these comments, to being curious. And that’s how ‘Conversations With People Who Hate Me’ was born.
Listen to Dylan on this week’s Note To Self:
‘You deserve to die’
‘The thing about Facebook is you can click on the name of these comments, and you can see all of their photos. And then you have this three-dimensional human who wrote this awful thing to me.’
As with nearly every podcast made in the last year – it was born in the weeks after Trump was elected. Marron was working out what to make content and focus on.
As with many, Marron feels part of the reason Trump won is because the media and even just people weren’t listening to other people. Marron feels this was driving people to use their digital space to then instead, share their thoughts
‘It just felt like these trolls were knocking on my digital doorstep.’
So in what Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi calls a magic trick, he has been sitting down and finding common ground with his trolls.
Marron’s advice to people who are facing trolls is to engage with them as much feels constructive. But ultimately, if it stops being useful or positive – let the random negativity fly right past you.
See more about Dylan’s awesome viral content: