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.

Filed Under: practical jokes, trolling


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Aug 2012 @ 11:05am

    Re: Trolls

    Or if it spills over into real life.

    I ended up losing a few years of data on my Facebook because of a forum gaming troll getting out of hand.

    (please skip the obvious of having info on Facebook, you know what I mean. I never expected it to get that out of hand).

    I troll when I am bored. Plain and simple. I want to see the creative things that come out...the memes....the pics....the silly banter.

    There is one guy on our server that will make even YOU into the Futureama Fry meme (Not sure if Trolling, or really stupid).

    I can't help but smile, because it's like seeing how the human brain is capable of so much on that smart/stupid line. Very fascinating. Some brain surgeon should get on that.

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