understanding trolling

When it seems you have become a victim of trolling, flamewar and cyberbullying, go through these statements and ask yourself if they describe the nature of relationships and online dialogue in that particular case:

  • All your carefully picked arguments can easily be ignored.
  • Anything you say can and will be used against you.
  • Anything you say can be turned into something else – fixed.
  • Do not argue with trolls – it means that they win.
  • The harder you try the harder you will fail.
  • Everything that can be labeled can be hated.
  • The more you hate it the stronger it gets.
  • Nothing is to be taken seriously!
  • Nothing is Sacred
  • The more beautiful and pure a thing is – the more satisfying it is to corrupt it.

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The most striking in very peculair way is actually this: The more you hate it the stronger it gets. Doesn’t it sound familiar?

“The hate is swelling in you now. […] Give in to your anger!”

also trying to get a grip on something like this:


“too long; didn’t read.”

  • The inability to accept, understand or pay attention to information when not separated by a header.
  • The ability to arbitrarily read 400 small posts but not a long one.
  • A sign of ADD or lack of reading capability.
  • A very cheap response and an indication of lack of wit.
  • 90% of the time: A lie.
  • A desperate attempt at a comeback used by people who just can’t think of one.
  • Usually used by people who’ve been torn apart verbally but want one last attempt at looking witty.
  • A sign that, not only is someone too lazy and stupid to read but, clearly, too lazy and stupid to even type out four words indicating such.
  • Collect every “tl,dr” post online, and you’ll have a good estimate of the number of lazy idiots on Earth, who currently have Internet access.

(via urban dictionary)

Internauts, Punks and Infrastructure

Very interesting writing from Blay (pyratbyrian).

[…] if the internet is not to be considered an infrastructure that is put into place it must be considered something that needs to be performed. Latour said that technology is society made durable, but clearly he is neither a hacker nor an industry lobbyist. The construction of the internet is slower, more resistant and more inert than the fleeting performance of a theatre piece. But this is a difference in scale and in terms of the actors involved, not in principle. Viewing the internet as a performance not only has the consequence that it constantly needs to be maintained, but also, like any performance, that it might change from time to time and even run out of steam. A performance is an intervention in a specific context. It implies having to distinguish between which procedures make the internet the internet and which that are its superficial manifestations, rather than accepting the internet and its path of development as it is today as its final form.

Towards the end of the article, he goes:

Oval is better when he plays guitar, punk is more punk in other styles of music and the internet is more explosive in post-digital environments.

via Internauts, Punks and Infrastructure. Thanks to Goto80 for the original tweet and quote.