There are humans in the world, adult humans, in their 40s, who do elaborate prank calls just for the fun of it.
And the internet has allowed them to create a gathering place, to feed off of each others ideas and be even greater oozing pus boils on the ass crack of mankind.
Listen to this podcast for the story. But to summarize, a guy had a problem with comcast. He tweeted about it. They resolved it and gave him a discount. Story that happens all over the internet.
A few months later, he gets a call from a comcast rep asking him to delete the tweet. They go back and forth, with the rep comparing keeping the tweet up to keeping a mean tweet up about your girlfriend which you posted during a fight. The rep eventually calls him a dickhole and then he deletes the tweet. Eventually she’s mean enough that he hangs up.
It was a prank. For fun. Not to steal anything, just because this person finds prank phone calls entertaining. Manipulating people is entertaining to her bored self and so why not choose a random stranger and make them severely uncomfortable for awhile.
I’ll be honest. I find prank phone calls with no other purpose than self gratification to be SEVERAL rungs lower than some asshole who would con someone for money or ID over the phone. And I think those vermin are the shit stuck in the butt crack of dirty heroin addicts. But the shit vermin are at least working toward a productive end, not just idly entertaining themselves like the oozy pus pranksters are. It does not justify the behavior, but as a motivation for doing vile things, the search for money is more understandable to me than the search for entertainment.
Humans have always been terrible, but the internet allows us to find other people who enjoy our worst selves. And they create subreddits and websites and skype and then – poof – we have a club of people who support and grow this terrible behavior. Its the dirty underside of all the good things that are the internet. And sometimes I worry about it.