The trolls among us

by alphamonkey on August 5, 2008 · 2 comments

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The Trolls Among UsThe New York Time’s rather epic length article on the subculture of trolling is very much worth a read. While I think author Mattahias Schwartz goes too far out of his way in avoiding casting any ill light upon his interview subjects (I’ll admit: I fail to see anything redeeming in trolling), he does manage to get two prominent trolls to let their hair down, so to speak. The result is what pretty much any exasperated moderator or admin has always suspected: There’s a deep-seated internal malfunction or damage that leads people to trolling.

Yes, Ben, I’m talking to you.

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    This article was wildly interesting while at the same time truly terrifying. Our fear of internet trolls with little recourse against their actions is resulting in us not daring to speak publicly about them for fear of repercussion. It is becoming similar to depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. You just don’t do it because you can’t stop the backlash.

  • BAD

    Ha! Trolls only have power if you let them. I don’t hide my identity online because I have nothing TO hide.

    And shit, if they do find something I was trying to hide, i welcome them to exploit it.

    (This may be the Absinthe talking….)


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