I'm one of those people that for whatever reason has to answer questions. I'm somewhat talented in problem solving, and since I started posting on message boards ... 20+ years ago ... I've seen these people and couldn't help but see the effects of their activities.<quoted text>
That's a very interesting observation. I just tend to not have enough interest in them to give them that much attention.
If I wanted people lulled into disinterest, apathy, and cognitive dissonance, I would hire a few to haunt these boards to do what these trolls do. Depending on profit, risk, and plan, such a move could be very advantageous, and even profitable in the long run. Some might call that paranoia, but that would be because they can't dispute the fact that it is such a good strategy that our own military has been using it for years to ferret out "Homegrown Terrorists".
If they consider us Veterans as potential Homegrown Terrorists, they would certainly want to keep an eye out for our activities.