Fair warning—-if all the new little internet narccissists insist upon posting every inane comment, every mundane moment of their lives on the internet somewhere, then be prepared to deal with the peanut gallery.
The report characterizes Ashley Carey as a “21 year old entertainer.” So she’s a public figure of sorts. Just as comedians get heckled, people who post Youtube videos get nasty comments. Sure, it might be slightly assholish behavior, but it’s hardly the rank evil it’s portrayed as here.
Steve Florman |
December 19th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
I always assumed that the term “troll” came from the fishing term, since in the early days of online intercommunication it meant to toss out a provocative comment in the hope of drawing a response or creating an argument, like a fisherman trolls by trailing bait in the water. I don’t think it has anything to do with the mythical beasts. Unless you’re Ashley.
T.R.O.L.L.S. = Truly Ridiculous Online Lying Little Salesmen
I see them as just another marketing ploy for page clicks and to draw attention, whether for profit, kicks, or politics it’s all the same; obfuscate the message, drown it out, vote it down, kill it out right or punish and intimidate the messenger!
I find all the definitions lacking compared to actual practice.
A troll is anyone someone else disagrees with, and often the troll tells the truth, and gets banned or kicked for doing so, because the prevailing lie is the adopted theme to be supported at all costs.