Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 25th Jan 2012 06:58 UTC
Editorial Why do people troll? Can we prevent trolling or limit the damage trolls do? Here are some thoughts on trollology derived from academic studies and web research.
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RE: Acting like a Troll - Keyboard Courage
by jabbotts on Wed 25th Jan 2012 14:37 UTC in reply to "Acting like a Troll"
jabbotts
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I'd agree fully that the feeling of anonymity lowers inibitions just like the drink and people suddely feel they can behave in ways they would never behave normally. It is the "Liquid Courage" of modern communication. We used to see lots of Keyboard Courage in the old BBS scene that preceded the popular explosion of the Internet scene. It can be seen in archives of the Usnet and other early mailing list forums.

I think people will generally exploit any medium that provides a sense of anonymity or abstraction from face to face conversation.

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