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Is Trolling Considered Bullying?

Trolling at its Best and its Worse

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As internet evolved, several issues came along that technology and evolved as well in the time span. Along these issues were trolling which till now people aren't sure if its a good or bad thing. Some may connect it cyber bullying whereas others may find no connection between the two. So is trolling considered bullying? As I researched for that question, I came across a lot of views that at times weren't interrelated. Either arguments though were strong and proposed several key reasons that supports their opinion. Then its up to us to decide which view do we feel was much more stronger and which do we support. Choosing though doesn't make the other arguments less credible or meaningless. Each has points in which we can agree or disagree with. So consider everything you've read, what's your overall consensus?


Some scholars supported trolling because they suggested that its a modern way of protesting and handling social or political issues without harming anyone. They claimed that this is needed to keep the government straight and prevent destruction; trolling in politics as played an important role. Even in social matters, it has proven to discuss these issues and not stay silenced instead. After all, they all referred to trolling as a way of sending out a message to society online rather than face to face. This doesn't make the information or message less important because that shouldn't change based on anonymity. Trollers send out messages and protest against policies in the intent of positive change and not destruction.

Other scholars rejected such points and suggested that trolling and cyber bullying were connected together and almost the same. One claim suggested that trolling is defined as evoking someone's emotions in online communities. Others had referred to trolling as rude and mean comments that hurt the feelings of others. As claimed, trolling has ruined lives and hurt the reputation of many people. Stories of teenagers committing suicide because they were harassed online in a harsh way that they weren't able to deal with it anymore.


I personally think that both views can be right about trolling and both arguments stand strong. I do think trolling is indeed important in the social and political world. Many instances of activists, journalists or others handled cases of corruption and they were not less important because it was online. At times this is needed to conceal their identity because some information may put them at risk. On the other hand, regular citizens may have used trolling in the wrong way in the intent of harassing others and ruining lives. I think both are valid and can be interrelated if we categorize who does what. After all, anything on the internet can be useful or harmful, but depends on how we use it.

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Psychology of Internet Trolls: Researchers Explain Rise of Cyberbullying and Why People Seem Angrier on the Internet

Psychology of Internet Trolls: Researchers Explain Rise of Cyberbullying and Why People Seem Angrier on the Internet | is trolling considered bullying? | Scoop.it
Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, theorizes that people feel a freedom of speech that they cannot feel elsewhere, where there are few, if any, consequences.
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Article by: Makini Brice

 

As internet became important, it gave rise to trolling and with that came cyber bullying too. According to a clinical psychiatrist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, most people who harass others on the internet do not face any punishments. Many psychologists believe that trolling decreases when bullyers can not see the face of the person they are attacking. According to a recent study, contestants on a game criticized other contestants more when they were in a different room. In a 1950 study done by Robert Milgram, people were more likely to give more doses of electric shock to people they couldn't see. Simon Rego, the director of psychology training at New York City's Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College, said that our brains are wired to take into account non verbal cues, but when these cues are removed, people's response heightens. He suggests, that we should envision the person on the internet before we send them anything.

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I’m taking back the “T” word: bullies are not trolls

I’m taking back the “T” word: bullies are not trolls | is trolling considered bullying? | Scoop.it
It has been almost a year since I first published my investigation into cyber trolling and I’ve...
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Article by: Claire Porter

 

People confuse cyber bullies with trollers, but in reality there is a vast difference between the two. Those that ruin lives and damage reputations are in reality cyber bullies and shouldn't be refered to as trollers. She worries that by continuing to refer to trollers as cuyber bullies, media and instutions of society are being silenced because they are considered awful. Not knowing the identity of a person doesn't make their information less credible than those that are not anonymous. She refers to trolling as an art that requires finesse. Trollers protest to change laws or policies and to challenge norms which isn't wrong. Trollers are people who choose to get their message online in a way that doesn't intimidate or threaten people. The debates or protests posted by anonymous people are not usually silenced online. Bullies can not be considered trollers because they are bullies who intimidate others.

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How to Starve the Trolls | TIME.com

How to Starve the Trolls | TIME.com | is trolling considered bullying? | Scoop.it
It was a bad week for Internet trolls. News of the tragic suicide of 16-year-old Canadian Amanda Todd after an ugly incident of stalking, bullying and blackmail hit just as Reddit’s biggest troll, responsible for numerous highly offensive postings...
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Trolling is widely common nowadays and is very dangerous because it can harm a lot of lives and at times push them towards suicide. There are many reasons to why those trollers do what they do. Internet give them the chance to say whatever they want without being held responsible for it. They are able to say things that they can't say in face to face interactions. People also encourage those trollers by promoting their posts to the front page. These trollers do what they do because they have no sense of sympathy towards others and it pleasures them. A study showed that when trollers harm others, pleasure regions in their brains is activiated. The best way to stop trollers is to create an unfriendly environment and not unsupport their posts by deleting them.  

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‘Trolling’ becomes new form of cyber bullying

‘Trolling’ becomes new form of cyber bullying | is trolling considered bullying? | Scoop.it
BY NATALIE BEDELL AND LISA BURGOA Trolls in old-time fairy tales are confined under bridges to torment travelers. Fast-forward to a more computerized age and “trolls” plague victims on a new medium now – the Internet.
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Article By: Natalie Bedell and Lisa Burgoa

 

According to Webopedia, trollers are anonymous people behind an avatar who provoke emotion in online communities. According to Barbara Donovan, a child psychologist, trolling can be be considered a form of cyber bullying. Trolling allows bullies to hurt others with less consequences which makes it fun for them as if its a game. She explains that although trolls are anonymous, they still have a huge impact on the victim. In the article, the authors state the opinions of high school students about trolling and their experiences. An example of that is Giordano who thinks trolling is funny and wouldn't mind if it wasn't anonymous. He also believes that trolling shouldn't effect those with high self esteem because if you have confidence then it shouldn't hurt you.

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Infosecurity - Trolling – academics look at an online sub-culture that verges on bullying

A new study by Nottingham Trent University suggests that nearly 60% of online gamers have at some stage indulged in activity described by the university as ‘intentionally provoking or antagonizing users in an online environment’ – that is, trolling.
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A study by the Nottingham Trent University suggests that 60 percent of online gamers were involved in trolling. Trolling spans racisim and sexism and griefing other team members. The research found that trollers usually do that out of boredom or revenge and other times for no reason at all. The infosecurity asked two gamers to comment on the research and describe what trolling is. Portos, described that trolling can be different depending on the game mechanics. As for Aramis, he described trolling as a new development that evolved in time and disagrees with refering to trolling as bullying. Trolling isn't only associated with online games, but can be found anywhere on the internet. He adds, that moderation is what limits trolling to gaming.

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Trolls And Bullies Are Debasing The Internet

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Article by: Michael Goodspeed

 

Internet is the most uncensored and independent place in the human history. Internet trollers are anonymous provocateurs who invade forums to cause destruction and damage to reputations. Trolls are unavoidable, but the author can insulate himself from this abuse. As for Youtube comments, the video owner can delete the offensive comments which discourages the trollers. He supports the free and unfettered communications.He however doesn't support the intellectually bankrupt notion.

 

 

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