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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    GMacGuffin (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 7:14am

    Re: No, trolling is worse. IT's a way to live in denial

    Yes bob, if your posts read like this one, your claim might make sense. But your posts generally are littered with vitriol and a heaping handful of Plato's Original Top Ten Logical Fallacies, usually beginning with argumentum ad hominem (argument against the man - e.g., "Pirate Mike," "pirate apologists" etc.).

    If you were truly a thoughtful, sincere troll, then it should occur to you that when your jumping-off point is a classic fallacious attack/argument, the remainder of your arguments topple for lack of credibility (and any backup evidence).

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