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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 (profile), 9 Aug 2012 @ 10:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Rules for Life

    AC, your trolling needs improvement.

    llortamai, let me explain. These type of people who steal the lunch money are real life trolls. Look at how a bully acts. Now look at the chart.

    Bully: Gets kicks off of picking on others who can't help themselves
    Devient Troll: If you laugh at that entire chart that's the first comparison.

    Bully: Never backs down no matter what.
    Devient Troll: Refer to taking a shit (number 2) and 10.

    Bully: Has a deep psychological fear of those victims and misdirects that fact by getting others to join in on the bullying.
    Devient Troll: Number 14

    Bully: Keeps banging away recklessly without knowing the consequences of their actions (recent trends indicate they end up being shot by their victims)
    Devient Troll: number 3, number 7, number 9, number 19

    "I could certainly see how an oversensitive douchenozzle wouldn't be able to tell the difference between someone pushing you and stealing your lunch money and some words typed on the intertubes that you could ignore"

    The fact that you use the meme "intertubes" tells me you're a douchebag 12 year old kid whose parents dont give a shit about and abandond you to the internet to distract you from them adding to the surplus population population (to which you are masterbatimg at that thought by now) that is you. It is a clear indication you are someone who thinks he knows what he's doing on the Internet and cares nothing for others. You'll be forever alone living in your parent's basement wondering when the bouncing bed noises will stop at night. Good luck dude, you're a devient troll.

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