A troll is a troll. But what is a troll?

“The most essential part of trolling is convincing your victim that either a) truly believe in what you are saying, no matter how outrageous, or b) give your victim malicious instructions, under the guise of help.”

Trolling is a time old tradition passed down from generation to generation. In simplest forms most people have been a troll throughout their lives. A troll doesn’t have to be a disguised individual scouring the multitude of platforms and chartrooms waiting for their next victim.

The blossoming new era of trolling has indeed changed dramatically. With the ability to disguise oneself behind a screen and play the intellect, the internet has allowed the existence of the troll to morph into something we cannot control.

The greatest group of trollers has to be anonymous. No limits, no identity and with power and control to back them are unstoppable. Developing over the decades it has always been known as legend however still prevalent today. Successfully pulling off mass trolls anonymous stands as one of the powerful trolls, sparking revolutions in the world of intellectual pranks.

A game based on deception, it has spread rapidly to every tiny space of the internet. It works like a virus. The aim is to not get caught, to win players must out match their opponent, some players or rather victims don’t even know whats happening.

The changes in platforms particularly the lack of consequences involved with anonymous Internet usage has allowed players to morph the troll in to something else.

The sad truth is that, where once was wit and sharp thinking, is now bullying and pestering. The true nature of a troll has been lost.

Will it become extinct, replaced by easier forms or entertainment? Most likely involving less skill or thought.

Colemn, G 2014. “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistle Bloer, Spy: The many faces of the anonymous” Verso, Creative commons.

Miller, Ryan M. (2013). Hacking the Social: Internet Memes, Identity Antagonism, and the Logic of Lulz, The Fibreculture Journal, 22: p. 89.


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