Are trolls the rednecks of the social media world?

Are trolls the rednecks of the social media world?

Summary: The topic of trolls, people who take time to leave inane, usually abusive comments, that kill conversation on blogs, and forums, and other types of social media is interesting.Check back later this week for more on trolls and my theory about troll culture...

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The topic of trolls, people who take time to leave inane, usually abusive comments, that kill conversation on blogs, and forums, and other types of social media is interesting.

Check back later this week for more on trolls and my theory about troll culture...

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  • Calling a troll a 'redneck' would be entirely too gracious

    While one can make the argument that trolls and rednecks might not "know no better" when it comes to minding their manners, I have a troll who deliberately visits to make pointed comments that show he's stalking my blog and collecting data on me before launching a nasty comment-missile. Trolls are, to me, the Debbie Downers and Grim Reapers of the social media space.
    dcwriterdawn
  • They're the jerks who drive by at 3am with a loud car stereo

    It's an anonymous broadcast that the person is an inconsiderate jerk.
    archerjoe
  • RE: Are trolls the rednecks of the social media world?

    Sometimes those at enmity with us can be spun to the good.
    Our friends will often spare us, cause they love us, while our enemies are often fiendishly foot loose and fancy free, savagely unfettered from any such fine sensibilities. The same trappings of civilization that most of us deliberately cultivate. Because we know where to go for the real gold. Riches still reside in the golden rule. Corny as that may or may not sound.
    Slashing, sniping and shoulding on us is their standard schlock. They're happily or not mostly unmoved by the need of normative social constraints of the civil.
    I've gained a lot sometimes from harsh, hateful unrelenting, unsparing, marauding, murderous criticism. I figure that where there's smoke, there's usually a fire.
    Some of these storm clouds huffing and puffing impending doom have silver linings, quite contrary to the uncouth and nefarious stuff they spew and spray.
    Sometimes I find it easy to love my enemies for the kindness they certainly didn't intend to do my way.
    PreachJohn
  • RE: Are trolls the rednecks .... Oh Yes but

    I think they should be called childish rednecks.
    Of all the sites I read, there seems to be an inordinate amount of trolls in Zdnet.
    Critism is fine, trolling is not.
    I think a lot of misinformed posters "troll" in error due to their lack of knowledge and then end up defending the themselves against the trollish anti-trolls.
    But then again, some bloggers write "troll" blogs as well due to their own bias.
    deaf_e_kate
  • Define Troll

    From what I have seen in forums, a troll is anyone who disagrees with someone else.

    Watch, this post will be called trolling by someone.
    smoupre
    • Define Troll ok a window user go's to an apple post to do

      Define Troll ok a window user go's to an apple post to do nothing but flame the apple users.

      or an apple user go's to the windows post to call everyone stupid for not praising everything apple does.

      or a Linux user going to both and saying that my platform is better than yours and nothing about yours is any good.

      and so on and so forth.
      SO.CAL Guy
    • Hmmm.

      One quick thought and I came up with this:

      Troll * noun 1. A person who knows the truth but distorts it to purposefully deceive others and cause strife for the purpose of their own amusement.
      People
  • Hey!

    I'm a Mac owning, gun using, NASCAR and IRL watching redneck with an SUV, weeds in the front yard, and a beard. I resemble that remark! :) However as Redneck as I am, I'm also not PC and can laugh at a racist joke about white people.

    I think the word you were looking for is ZEALOT.
    People
    • There is a difference..

      [i]I think the word you were looking for is ZEALOT.[/i]

      A subtle, but important difference.

      A [b]Zealot[/b], is someone who feels strongly about a particular issue or supports a certain thing. And will tirelessly defend that issue and argue against opposing issues. Even if they are wrong. Their aim is to defend they're point of view (no matter what.)

      A [b]troll[/b] on the other hand is only interested in taunting and insulting the holder of the opposing view.

      I believe you are confusing a "zealot" with "NonZealot" ;)
      Tigertank
  • Great comments...

    I reposted some of your comments over here http://tinyurl.com/3yaezh
    foremski
  • You HAVE to be kidding me.

    ZDNET is a company that makes it money by troll baiting, ZDNET has be fanning the flames of one of the longest running flame war in the history of the internet as to drive traffic to your site and you have the NERVE to complain about trolls? Nerd please!
    Duke E Love