SOCIAL MEDIA, POMONA, AND TROLLING

Politics | By Gloria M. Almanza

You are bored scrolling through Facebook, seeing what is going on in Pomona; if you are anything like me, you are part of all the informative Pomona groups, accounts and people. Most of us get our information from these platforms.

How does that affect how one views Pomona? Do you just scroll through posts with over a hundred comments because you know we must be informed residents, right? Do you read the comments with popcorn in your hand, laughing at all the drama? Or are you seriously appalled?

What was once your escape, is now starting to be full of drama and headaches with the upcoming 2020 elections. How does this make you feel about being a resident of Pomona? Do you feel embarrassed that you live in what some consider “the hood full of drug addicts and homeless?” Or are you like other residents that are proud to be part of a tough growing city?

What is trolling and how does it affect social media in Pomona?  Trolling is defined as “In Internet slang, a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses[2] and normalizing tangential discussion,[3] whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.”

Take for example, Pomona Patch a known blogger who created a post about a local SGV/Pomona activist on Tuesday July 9, 2019 through Facebook.

 “Does anyone personally know this Benjamin Wood clown? I’ve never met him but seen him lurking at meetings. Word is that he is just a whining, crying, non Pomona resident, who hates all cops and anything to do with the Police and laws, hates all government, hates the USA, is a proponent for all illegals including criminal illegals, supports open borders, deals in zero facts ever, makes stuff up along with his small klan of lickers….” continued here.

At what point do Pomona Patch and his "patchers" consider themselves trolling? Pomona Patch enjoys calling his followers “snowflakes” and “idiots”. He enjoys angering people, so his posts go viral and obtain a favorable amount of comments.

Pomona Patch’s community page currently obtained 31,150 likes whose primarily focus is solely on Pomona. The page reports crime, blasts marijuana dispensaries, mocks people who use crack or meth, homeless and reports car accidents. By reading Eric Maldonado’s posts, his page comes across as a drama channel with inflammatory posts which he obtains much pleasure from.

Does Pomona Patch’s posts represent the city or residents of Pomona? What kind of an impact do you think it has on the upcoming 2020 elections?


Would you say Pomona Patch is an influence of Pomona or is he simply a troll?