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[3]: OverANALizing
by Gestahlt on Wed 25th Jan 2012 20:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OverANALizing"
Gestahlt
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2011-10-17

Just because there's a general rule against food fights doesn't mean everyone's out to get a Victorian dinner party going. Most people don't care if you put your elbows on the table but catapulting cranberries at people wearing white shirts is going too far..


It might get too far, but if its funny for the moment, why not? In the end the guy throwing with the cranberries has to deal with the consequences and its up to him if it was worth the swollen eye (and sometimes it is).

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RE[4]: OverANALizing
by jimmmy on Wed 25th Jan 2012 21:54 in reply to "RE[3]: OverANALizing"
jimmmy Member since:
2012-01-02

It might get too far, but if its funny for the moment, why not? In the end the guy throwing with the cranberries has to deal with the consequences and its up to him if it was worth the swollen eye (and sometimes it is).

And what consequences does one hiding in anonymity face? They're just going to be destructive without consequence. So, I guess the analogy only holds if the cranberry chuckers actually have to deal with the consequences.

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RE[5]: OverANALizing
by Gestahlt on Wed 25th Jan 2012 22:28 in reply to "RE[4]: OverANALizing"
Gestahlt Member since:
2011-10-17

This is the great thing about the net. You can hide behind your nickname and do stuff you usually dont. For example:
Arab spring.

Imagine you will get arrested for an opinion or hey, lets call it regime trolling.

But i know what you are about. I dont mind if someone over the web tries to throw cranberries at me. Its called selective cognition. In the web if you dont want to read or react, you dont have to. If you feel like it, do it.

And that is f***ing great!
You want freedom? Then give freedom! Even to those who might annoy or offend you. This is a matter of principle and should apply to everybody.

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