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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    AzureSky (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Re: Performance Art

    the correcty way of saying what the op here ment was, proper trolling is an art, most of the trolls TD and other sites have are just unskilled hamfisted idiots.

    a proper troll can work without anybody but possibly other skilled trolls catching on to what they are doing.

    I have dont this on many tech forums, drive people to do and say things that get themselves banned...without it ever really appearing I did anything to set it off.....

    I will admit to blatant trolling as well at times, because, some assholes really really just need somebody to troll the fuck out of them at times....(and because it can be fun to annoy idiots.....)

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