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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    Rapnel (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 2:26pm

    I don't like this subject

    It lends legitimacy to something that doesn't really deserve it. To bob's attempt at a point - being able to contribute by disagreeing is a perfectly legit one, however, some things really do need to be substantiated with more than the likes of "Because you're a fat pirate, bitch.".

    That said, "troll" is an oft overused label applied carelessly and with intent to berate and belittle those with minority opinions on any given thread/topic. (key word: opinions)

    Be sincere, be truthful, hold to your opinions only until it is proven to be untenable. You can even be nice if you really want to but you should probably try, even if it's hard, to be respectful. Other people are smarter than other people. Learn or burn.

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