Media Trolls


One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument


I had forgotten all about trolls when I ventured onto a MSM site the other day to view an article about Cameron’s Charity boxing match against Jesse. I am so used to our well moderated, polite and respectful site now that I expect the same standard on the so called professional sites of the Main Steam Media. Other Blogs I realise often have poor or no moderation but I naively thought that verbal abuse and wishing people to die horribly would be removed by moderators. I made a few comments, mainly correcting lies told about Cameron and the Trolls went nuts. I soon left and stopped replying. That made them go even more nuts. One Troll said something horrible to try to prod me into a response and when they were ignored they tried again posting a second reply to my original comment. Others joined in and soon they were having a conversation about me even though I was no longer participating. It was crazy. The next day I had a look and they were still going.


They seemed to be getting off on the possibility of upsetting me and kept saying more and more outrageous stuff in the hope that it would make me act like them.


The trolls seemed to know each other and seemed to have nothing else to do all day. Point III in the above image seemed to be what drove them.

I googled to learn more about Internet Trolls and found the below categories. I wonder if you will recognise any of the types that you yourselves have encountered online?









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