Panicky News Stories, Ct’d…

Monday, December 19th, 2011


“Inspired by anonymity, the [Inernet] culture is taking on Lord of the Flies undertones.”

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12 Responses to “Panicky News Stories, Ct’d…”

  1. #1 |  Jesse | 

    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.

  2. #2 |  FTP | 

    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.

  3. #3 |  Steve Florman | 

    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.

  4. #4 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    1985: my first troll post.

    Who can beat it?

  5. #5 |  Witch | 

    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!

    Don’t let them control the narrative!

  6. #6 |  Zeb | 

    Lord of the Flies is crap. It’s really disappointing that people still think it is a good guide to how people actually behave an the absence of authority.

  7. #7 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    Oh, Jesse, you’re so tough and so accurate. I don’t know how people could live without your brilliance. Your lack of empathy is a remarkable achievement.

    FTP, trolling isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it does grind some people down, and keeping it from overwhelming venues sucks up a lot of attention.

  8. #8 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    I missed the headline– the news story didn’t strike me as panicky, just dull, old news, and uninspired.

  9. #9 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    So, the Mainstream media has just learned about trolls, eh? Coming soon; their in depth coverage of that fascinating new technology; Dr. Bell’s Telephone.

  10. #10 |  CyniCAl | 

    Four minutes of crap and all I learn is: Don’t Feed Trolls???

  11. #11 |  Lint | 

    At least they weren’t as retarded as when ABC Family approached this with an anti-trolling movie and then “experts” who ran websites that were promptly raided by 4chan.

  12. #12 |  silicondoc | 

    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.