Trollen på internet

Det finns gott om s.k. internettroll:

[A] troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

Jag läste just en såväl underhållande som insiktsfull analys av detta fenomen, ”Conversation Hackers”. Hur bör man hantera trollen?

People usually go for the easy and virtuous option: they moralize Trolls. Trolls are time-wasters, destroyers of the ethics of discussion, sociopaths of the Internet. We should look forward to banning them completely in the near future. That reaction is understandable, but, we think, counterproductive. Anti-Troll discourse is utopian. … We suggest, instead, that peace could be made between Trolls and other humans. Conversation hackers are useful. Like other hackers, they test the boundaries of a system, and they force users to devise better systems. They strain human argumentation to its limits. Dealing with Trolls forces you to sharpen your arguments and keep a cool head. Sometimes you might even learn something from a Troll. … There is another reason to make peace with Trolls: they are much less alien than we’d like to think. Everyone has their inner Troll; everyone has their urges to argue pointlessly with people they know they won’t convince.

Finns det internettroll bland kommentatorer på denna blogg? Jag vet inte riktigt, men i vilket fall har jag i stort samma synsätt som framförs ovan, att jag låter troll eller misstänkta troll hållas. Trollet i mig gillar dem nog lite, även om jag önskar att deras andel av kommentatorer på bloggar skulle gå ned.