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 (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 9:47am

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

    The two people duking it out here are in mating season for trolls. They are fighting it out over a female troll that only exists in a virtual world It is actually quite common to see these battles for superiority in the grand forest of Internet. One alpha troll trying to outlast the other in a grewling battle over superiority for the right to mate with the imaginary unobtanable female.. If you spot one of these, take heed and observe very closely, but do not get in the middle of it lest one of them gores you with a long pointy stick with mysterious markings forming some sort of trollish language yet to be decrypted by mankind.

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