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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    weneedhelp (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 7:46am

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

    "As someone who is repeated accused of being a troll simply for defending a different opinion"

    No boB, its not because you have a different opinion, its because you are batshit crazy and some of the shit that comes out of your mouth is sooooo far out of reality it appears, to humans with normal id's, that you must be fucking around.

    Now.... we all have done it. We all have been a troll at one time or another. Its fun to fuck around sometimes. But you... you are consistently outta this world with your comments.

    This comment was a well thought out one. Probably one of your best.

    " I want creators to have the freedom to control their work and not have it snatched by a mob." - Sooo close boB. See batshit crazy. No one "snatches" it away. There is no mob. This is why you get called a troll. No seriously boB.
    There is no gang of ppl with pitchforks and torches running around to content creators snatching their works from them.

    "I spend my time here typing away because the issues are important enough to me." - Us too. Difference is we base our opinions on facts whereas you base it on shoulda, coulda, and feelings.

    "So no, it's not a practical joke."
    I dont agree either. When I troll, I know I am being an asshole. Sometimes PPL just dont deserve my time, but deserve to be fucked with. People are assholes... period.
    Everyone has it in them.

    See ya boB. I had more but gotta go back to work.

    I am not joking when I say you are batshit crazy. I really mean it.

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