Few things bring me as much joy as watching traditional media outlets cover Internet stories and explain online phenomena. In this Fox 11 news segment, the topic at hand is trolling. Trolls, as you know, “lurk in chatrooms or on YouTube until they unleash mean-spirited, menacing attacks on unsuspecting victims.” In their effort to break down exactly what trolls are, Fox 11 interviews victims of trolling, as well as “experts” who suggest responding to trolls by just ignoring them. The best part of the video, though, is the casual reference to a “professional troll” who apparently was paid by a business owner to victimize a competitor online. I guess that’s the Internet equivalent of a goon?
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