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"No, I am not a Troll but..."
2011년 03월 03일 (목) 13:16:54 GLOBE globe@jbnu.ac.kr

 

There are some names given to online users who add malicious comments: troll, flamer, cyber-stalker, cyberbully, Ak-pler (in Korea). They aren’t concerned with the other side of their comments, which may irrevocably hack someone’s heart. Why don’t they like to follow the internet rules and netiquette with consideration for other views? Who are they? Are they bad even in reality?

 

A Troll Shows up

   
A long time ago, people exchanged their bright ideas with a letter. However, thanks to the developing internet technology, no doubt, the internet user shows all sorts of opinions through an online community. When it comes to such development, it is certain that there’s always some metamorphosis. People call some users -- not all eccentric users, but the users adding the vicious comments -- ‘troll’, for they slander with swear words. The monster, the troll, haunts online now.

Tons of news of accidents poured out on media through not only news pages but also whole community sites. Simultaneously, public sentiment formed. On those matters, there is conflict between what really was and what one might suppose. Then trolls show up, hurrah!


Weapons of A Troll

People of course know that there can be enough reason to condemn someone through normal criticism for involvement in situations or for committing bad behavior. A troll’s criticism is much different. They attack reputation and personality and spread bad rumors, including using swear words. They often relate the argument to something off-topic with regionalism, the so-called ‘local feeling’. Now, it is also true that politicians hire some workers to act like trolls so that their parties would have the advantage.

   
A troll takes the subject to a further level than what a user usually does. Somebody may critically invade privacy while they are hacking a community site. There were cases in which celebrities and common persons committed suicide from their depression and paranoid delusions because they were attacked by trolls. Troll hurl at the target without delay, in absence of regard for whether that information is really true. For example, there was the ‘Ta Jin Yo’ incident in Korea. The happening was a controversy about a hip-hop musician’s educational background – whether he graduated from Stanford University or not. It spurred a hot argument between what he explained and what flamers alleged. In the end, the case was found to be a conspiracy made by some of Ta Jin Yo’s internet cafe posters.

Posting comments on the internet message board or on forums is generally an efficient method for internet users to express their feelings. As has been said, though, trolls are ceaselessly typing swear words like a pirate and dare to do personal attacks. How would you be different from a troll if you fight a troll online in anger in the same
way?


Amazing Third Person Effect for Troll

It is true that misconceptions, grudges and envy about issues help to infuse the troll sprit into normal people. They go mad when they see what is wrong and what others tackle. They sometimes feel like they are another person. That is the ‘third person’. It’s called the “Third Person Effect” (research W. Phillips Davison in 1983).


For example, one sees ridiculous propaganda in online. He fears someone would be convinced by that. He thinks the writing could have a great power to others. Then, he writes a comment, like a hero, blaming the article. Thereafter, the replies run into hundreds or thousands of opinions, though the article actually persuaded no one. On the other hand, there is a pressure not to accept the minority opinion. If someone comments in favor of the other side, the opposite, he would be destined of being attacked! Not all attackers are trolls or flamers; however, many of them could be under those categories by giving attack, not criticism. Some people thus obey the massive opinion after experiencing such an awful attack.


Someone may be a target

Here is Freedom of Speech. -- Does a troll have it? – Criticism and blame have a little different meaning. One must so distinguish the difference between the two. Is there any right to invade that freedom or judgment? A hard dispute about the subject sounds plausible on each side. There is a reason - the law of libel. One could be sued after the victim finds the words to be slander. There was a big case related to libel, spreading false information. A user called by ‘Minerva’ was sued for several counts of crime for exposing some issues about the Global Financial Crisis in Korea. He has now been acquitted and released. This case triggered the idea of Freedom of Speech and caused us to discuss the gut issue.

Here is Freedom of Speech. -- Does a troll have it? – Criticism and blame have a little different meaning. One must so distinguish the difference between the two. Is there any right to invade that freedom or judgment? A hard dispute about the subject sounds plausible on each side. There is a reason - the law of libel. One could be sued after the victim finds the words to be slander. There was a big case related to libel, spreading false information. A user called by ‘Minerva’ was sued for several counts of crime for exposing some issues about the Global Financial Crisis in Korea. He has now been acquitted and released. This case triggered the idea of Freedom of Speech and caused us to discuss the gut issue.


Troll’s End

The internet is ever-changing. There are other developing media, like social networks. People can communicate more effectively to others without Web portals. Then, no more trolls can appear, for a social network requires an actual identity and human relationship. Even so, a user may insult someone within a proper level, so as not to be sued. Nonetheless, he is perhaps a good person in nature, rather than troll. That’s because the insult often comes from subtle misconception.

What is significant is to agree or to disagree. If one investigates an issue, its details and its circumstances with others’ generosity, then he could know about the facts. He could tell what is true and what people misunderstand without any harmful words. Consequently, people would say his opinion is more believable than a troll’s. He is a human not a troll. An unknown scholar once said,

“Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn
from it.”

It is clear that whatever a troll may say, the only thing one can do is to take the form of who he really is. You are what you really are.

 

Park Chul-hui reporter

 

 

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