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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 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: There's a semantic split here

    It doesn't take a Sociology or Psychology class to understand types....

    It takes both parties listening to what is being said.

    For example, if there is a person that is standing in front of you, looking at the ceiling, screaming at the top of their lungs their point of view, they are not engaged in conversation. They are so emotionally wrapped up in their own message that all they do is just stand there and scream.

    That's not trolling. Unless they have decided to CHOOSE that method of presenting their viewpoint. Now they are trolling.

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