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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    llortamai, 9 Aug 2012 @ 7:42am

    Rules for Life

    1. Take into account that great love and great achievements need to be made fun of.
    2. When you lose, refuse to back down. Be more obstinate.
    3. Follow the three R's: Respect no one, respect no cause, and take no responsibility for what you are doing or saying.
    4. Remember that not giving in to what people want is usually a wonderful stroke of genius.
    5. Learn the rules so that you can play in the gray areas without being banned.
    6. Blow every little thing out of proportion and call people names.
    7. When you realize you've made a mistake, blame someone else.
    8. Spend some time creating constructive posts every day. This will confuse people.
    9. Change is for the weak, unless it is funnier.
    10.Remember that silence is never the answer until you are bored.
    11. Live a good, honorable life. That way if people find out who you are they won't believe it is you trolling them.
    12. A loving atmosphere is the best place to troll. They never expect it.
    13. In disagreements with respected people, discredit them with grammar or spelling errors. Bring up any slightly opposing viewpoint they have ever had.
    14. Make sock-puppets, but use proxy servers for them. It's a great way to drive people insane.
    15. Be gentle with no-one
    16. Once a year, introduce someone else to the fun of trolling. their need to prove you wrong is greater than your need to laugh.
    18. Judge your success by how ridiculous other people sound responding to your arguments.
    17. Remember that the best fun is one which
    19. Approach trolling and sock-puppeteering with reckless abandon.

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