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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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Aug 2012 @ 8:09am

    "Trolling" doesn't mean what it used to mean.

    Now a days anytime someone thinks what they are doing will not be approved by another person they call it trolling. Used to trolling meant saying something to get a rise out of another. But since the "troll face" meme has been around it's basically been taken over by teenagers who want to seem clever when they are doing something that makes them look stupid. Any attempt to call them out on such stupidity ends up in "U MAD?" being said over and over.

    Self proclaimed "trolls" aren't funny, they aren't original and more then likely they aren't really trolling they just claim such so they aren't taken seriously.

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