Wondering the phenomenon of trolling and the fun of it which it obviously has as there is no stopping to it. It must play an important role for quite a lot of people in many ways. It is also unavoidable when one moves on the net, publishes there and has conversations. Social phenomenon of liars! It is an important way of self-expression for those who are not able to express freely. So I do not see it merely as bullying, but a way of letting out all there is. Maybe it goes as a whole under category of freedom of speech. What comes with freedom is responsibility, which any trustworthy person takes and accepts. Are there too many responsibilities, not enough ways of expressing and telling so one has to hide and tell? Do we wish to be children when adulthood does not add up with our desires? Freedom of trolling is with criminal irresponsibility, dimensions and thrill of escape.. Irresponsibility goes wild as much as is possible and free to go. There is no stop to trolling is part of the fun and excitement, creativity of it, expansion of the role and identity.
It is an essential part of the environment of the net. That is what gaming with identities means: a takeover, creating an environment and having a free fall without harm for oneself. It can be most liberating I’m sure. We do not know who are the armies of trolls. They are anybody. Since governments have armies of trolls already it is pretty serious business. Those who still perform identities of their own, as whom they are, are possibly becoming a minority. Those who are there to be fooled. We are afraid to be conned. We must be careful. We as persons available on the net are valuable as identities. We are targeted, manipulated, attacked, observed and spied on. Is that the new normal, fear? To me it seems to be and there are millions of people who enjoy it. It is interesting to think what internet is after all, where are we when we are there and what do we become there. Is it something else than what we are used to?
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/online-trolls-are-psychopaths-and-sadists-psychologists-claim-9134396.html“Perhaps most worryingly, the psychologists based their conclusion on cyber-trolling being an “Internet manifestation of everyday sadism,” rather than merely on online phenomenon.”