posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 01:10 PM
reply to post by LesMisanthrope
Haha, what I meant is that a real life 'troll' has the opportunity to be face-to-face or toe-to-toe with his/her target. Granted, it can be funny to
see physical trolling in action, but that's just not socially acceptable, now is it?
If we look at the written works of these collected Troll Kings, we see that they were often commenting about the behavior and beliefs of their
colleagues or people in the same social circles - people they knew would read their works, be incensed and, therefore, complain about it in a public
forum. They had ample opportunity to address the trolled folks at parties or meetings or in letters, books, etc.
On the internet, your opponent could be anyone from anywhere in the world and any society. Something that a US American might take offense to, a
Canadian American might find funny. Something that a Briton would be angered by might have absolutely no meaning to someone from the Philippines.
Unless a person specifically states, "I'm upset!", a response as simple as, "Well, pardon me!" can be taken any way that the troll wants to take
it, regardless of the intent behind it. I know that I type "pardon me" in a polite manner as in, "Pardon me for my mistake." Yet, I've come
across many who use it over the internet intending a tone of sarcasm or disbelief, "Pardon me for living!" (usually accompanied by an eyeroll or
two). Interestingly, most people assume that I am being flippant when I type, "Pardon me" during an internet conversation and so respond emotively.
I admit that I "troll" sometimes by debating points I may or may not believe just because nobody else will. I also post logical and unemotional
arguments that I know will cause righteous anger or wrathful hate from some people who will respond. I also admit that I have a strange sense of humor
that is not necessarily easily discerned by my words and so I unintentionally upset people in this way. But, I just can't see a point in purposefully
going around taunting or baiting people on the internet.
Mostly because it's a little too easy. /blush