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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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    Wally (profile), 11 Aug 2012 @ 11:54am

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    The fact that you called DCX2 a "fucking moron" indicates you had no real thought on the matter. He is right about that.

    I'll explain this calmly to you. People who were victimized to the point of being "butthurt" is a sign that they feel victimized and potentially traumatized by the ammount of trolling done. What a devient troll fails at doing is realizing there is a point to stop. It's more tantamount to bullying in most cases.

    I was severely victimized by a devient troll at one point. I have seen the ENTIRE spectrum of trolls in my lifetime after it. If someone feels hurt or upset by your actions, is it not the right thing to do and stop in consideration of somebody else's feelings? Even if it isn't you, you can see how it effects the one person. Don't get me wrong, but there is a difference between getting a rise out of someone, and totally attacking them on a personal level just for fun.

    As for netiquette, most people fail to read jokes or sarcasm in text unless it's painfully obvious. That is because you cannot see the body language of the person conveying the message. The type of trolling that causes traumatization is tantamount to being a bully. I've had a few patients in my time come in from such traumatuzation and after experiencing it first hand myself, I think that I have a better perspective on where to put my gaurd up.

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