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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    PaulT (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 6:58am

    Re: No, trolling is worse. IT's a way to live in denial

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

    That's not why you've earned that label. Stop fooling yourself, it's been explained to you many, many times.

    "I spend my time here typing away because the issues are important enough to me."

    Then why do most of your posts depend on false assumptions and conspiracy theories which you never correct once proven wrong (your rant against underground clubs as though they were criminal organisations a few weeks back, for instance)?

    Surely someone interested in honest discussion would apologise, correct themselves, and continue with the new facts in mind - or provide evidence if you still eblieve you're correct? A troll would disappear from the thread, wading in again with the same falsehoods as though nothing happened in the hopes of riling up people who hadn't seen the previous corrections. Why did you do the latter if you're interested in real discussion?

    "We really mean it."

    Then prove it. Supply citations, be willing to discuss and accept other ideas yourself. Stop whining about conspiracy theories, "paywalls" and other things to which you seem to hold you own definitions, unique among the English speaking world...

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