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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Aug 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Actually, Comedy Central has had their fair share of this. There were some original message boards, then a revision, then another revision, and I think now they killed em completely and redirect everyone to Facebook.

    We actually started an offshoot forum after the original message boards were shut down in 2004 I think? There was a pack of 10ish of us that whittled down over the years to 4 of us.

    Some went back after Comedy Central opened up the new boards. I got into World of Warcraft about that time.

    Anywho, it wasn't until this very last shut down and people flocked to our board that I understood how deep the troll cave can get. I have had my share of WoW forum trolls, but these people have issues.......

    Reminds me of when Jack Sparrow and Barbossa dueled:

    "So what now, Jack Sparrow? Are we to be two immortals locked in an epic battle 'til Judgement Day and trumpets sound, hmm?"

    "Or you could surrender."


    *clangclangclang*

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