Is Trolling Just A Form Of Practical Jokes?

from the it's-all-fun-and-games-until-the-rickrolls-begin dept

As the news of 4chan hitting 1 billion posts has come out, it only seems appropriate that the Surprisingly Free podcast has a fascinating discussion with Stefan Krappitz, the author of the book Troll Culture: A Comprehensive Guide, in which Krappitz tries to suggest that the common view of trolling as being a negative thing is mostly inaccurate. Instead, he suggests, trolling is more a form of practical joking -- "disrupting people for personal amusement." He even suggests that Socrates may have been an original troll, baiting people with silly questions and then mocking them. The overall discussion is quite interesting, even if it seems to underestimate the collateral damage that trolling can cause at times. Still, it does raise some good points, that certainly counter the more common view of completely condemning trolling.

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No, trolling is worse. IT's a way to live in denial

    Last link I posted had a cut and paste error - got the headline right but was linking to wrong story.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090525/1542304998.shtml
    "Swedish Judge In Charge Of Determining Bias Of Pirate Bay Judge Removed... For Bias"

    Removed from the case sounds like being disciplined to me. The judge didn't recuse herself, as we saw the NZ judge do in the Dotcom case when there was even the slightest hint of a tangentially related comment.

    If you follow the link in that story, it takes you to:
    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/second-judge-removed-from-pirate-bay-case
    which doesn't even fit your expansive view of a piracy apologist site. This was covered elsewhere as well. Are you denying that it happened?

    Why is it so important to you that it must be a conviction or disciplinary issue? You make wild accusations that Techdirt is a piracy apologist site. You support that Kim Dotcom is the epitome of evil based on nothing but accusations. You support kicking people off the internet based on nothing but accusations. Why do only pro-copyright supporters get the benefit of due process and skepticism when accusations are good enough to codemn someone of piracy?

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