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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    John Fenderson (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 2:15pm

    Re: Re: Trolling isn't a joke-- you're just denying people disagree

    We all have been a troll at one time or another. Its fun to fuck around sometimes.


    I can honestly say that I've never intentionally trolled. I just don't see the fun in it.

    However, there have been many (and will be many more) times when I've said stuff that ended up to be braindead, or said something motivated by anger that put me in a less than flattering light.

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