A very insightful and helpful post for a number of reasons, Mark Greene. Notably for some comments I’ve received of late that after some engagement became non-sensical. I wonder if they were bots, or some form of craziness as you described.
You might enjoy the insight on Sam Harris’ podcast about internet trolls in his interview with Renée DiResta: https://samharris.org/podcasts/145-information-war/.
I also published a podcast episode this morninig about my take on the Gillette ad and how gay men factor into the equation around “authentic masculinity.”