Trolls

A troll is someone who posts off-topic, extraneous, or inflammatory messages with the intent of provoking an emotional response or disrupting the normal discussion.

– Live Science

Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web from Gawker. I often wonder who these people are in real life, especially the ones who troll on bereavement pages. How do these people exist?

Word Of The Week: Doxing, from Fritinancy. Is doxing okay when it comes to trolls? Sometimes, I think.

Online Anger: Where It Comes From and How to Control It from The Good Men Project. Oh no! Someone on the Internetz is wrong!

Trolls’ Online Comments Skew Perception Of Science from Live Science. Not the news I wanted to hear.

Definition of ‘Concern Trolling’ from Wise Geek

Cyber Bullying Category on Wikipedia, of which Troll is one entry.

THE ART & SCIENCE OF MODERATION – FREE SPEECH VS FREE AUDIENCE from Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog (Part 2), explaining the 1-9-90 rule.

Science Says: Nasty Commenters Can Destroy A Website’s Brand Over Time from Co.Design

How Nasty Comments Can Change The Way We Think from Gawker

How Online Trolling Is The New Punk Rock, from Esquire

Trolls On Twitter Do Not Necessarily Represent America. America will be glad to hear that, from Mother Jones

When life gives you trolls, make a video shaming them? from Slate

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

– Kurt Vonnegut

So Necessary When Disagreeing With People Online — some logical fallacies in poster form from Fuck Yeah, Feminists!

What do trolls get out of all this time on the Internet? “When you argue and win, your brain floods with different hormones: adrenaline and dopamine, which makes you feel good, dominant, even invincible. It’s a the feeling any of us would want to replicate. So the next time we’re in a tense situation, we fight again. We get addicted to being right.” from Explore.

For hobby trollers: An Idiot’s Guide To Free Speech from Jezebel

Why do trolls argue so badly? Don’t they get more practice than anyone? How Arguing Can Undermine Rationality from FTB.

The Psychology Of The Internet Troll explains in a word what allows the Internet Troll to function: Disinhibition

From sock puppets to astroturfing: the language of online deception from Oxford Dictionaries

The Trouble With Trolls from Bitch Media

Does Online Hate Silence Us? from The Daily Dot

“Even if the internet can magically turn people into assholes, how they choose to become assholes is quite important, for it tells us something about the larger society that the trolls are a part of. Even if the alienated teenager typing away in his basement about sluts and femi-nazis is not “really” misogynistic (and I am pretty damn skeptical that this is possible) the fact that he has gravitated towards misogynistic language as a major form of trolling is very telling, no? After all, if a person wants to troll, there could be many different ways in which they could attack and belittle other people. And yet, attacking women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals seem to be very popular options. Goodness, I wonder why that is! It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with actual, widespread attitudes of misogyny, racism, and homophobia, could it? I mean attitudes that exist off of the internet – that is, in the realm where all those people, unrecognized as trolls, operate as fully embodied beings.

And it is precisely because those attitudes are so pervasive and widespread that I do not believe that trolls arbitrarily choose from the various types of awful they see around them without any pre-existing tendencies; trolling, it seems to me, reflects attitudes you already hold to some degree or another before you get on the internet.”

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