Mayor of Ankara: the diary of a troll

For full article: http://www.opendemocracy.net/funda-ustek/mayor-of-ankara-diary-of-troll

I’ve learned so much about how the social media works and how to write for it in the last month….’troll’ is a new term for an old tactic. Distract, divide, dissipate, blur the focus

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In an article published at the Index on Censorship, Whitney Phillips gives this profile of trolls. She says: “they self-identify as trolls, tend to be intelligent, are playful and mischievous and wildly antagonistic. (…) In terms of behaviour, trolling ranges from the vaguely distasteful to the borderline illegal: trolls taunt unsuspecting targets with seemingly racist, seemingly sexist, and/or seemingly homophobic language; post shocking imagery, including pornography and gore, in order to derail conversation; and flood discussion threads with non sequiturs or grotesque distortions of other users’ positions” (Phillips, 2011: 68-69).

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