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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, 9 Aug 2012 @ 7:53am

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    Well, good point. My dad is a teacher and was ballenced. The difference between a good troll and stupid troll. The Internet is full of the latter. Stupid trolls do it for amusement and bully people bevsuse they have pathetic lives themselves.

    Then we have the trolls like my dad. He's taught chemistry for years, and is a well respected individual in the community. He teaches to make you think for yourself by priming you with humor. If he "trolls" you, it is a term of endearment.

    Internet trolls are a very bad thing. I think some of the reason is that they lack the capability to realize that other people exist on the other nodes of the line. Most of them have a deep psychological and emotional trauma. From a psychologist's standpoint, I really can tell you that it is a huge problem. Some of them are outright dangerous. My point is that there are many many layers to it, the further you go, the more sour it gets.

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