If the last few years have taught us anything about the internet it’s that we cannot separate online behavior from the real world. We can’t dismiss the vile opinions we so often see online as mere trolling, or somehow unimportant or unreal because they are posted online. Trolls more often than not end up believing the nonsense they post. And they often act upon these beliefs in the real world.

David Futrelle on reality.

Context warning at the link, which is about a self-confessed rapist, as well as some mild Nazi imagery (screenshots of Reddit boards where poster flair is a swastika).