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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Quote of the Day

[h/t] Siris
"That trolling is a shameful thing, and that no one of sense would accept to be called ‘troll’, all are agreed; but what trolling is, and how many its species are, and whether there is an excellence of the troll, is unclear. And indeed trolling is said in many ways; for some call ‘troll’ anyone who is abusive on the internet, but this is only the disagreeable person, or in newspaper comments the angry old man. And the one who disagrees loudly on the blog on each occasion is a lover of controversy, or an attention-seeker. And none of these is the troll, or perhaps some are of a mixed type; for there is no art in what they do...."
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6 comments:

  1. Is this satire? I doubt Aristotle wrote as much.

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    1. Aristotle knew about the internet before it was cool ;-p

      Christi pax,

      Lucretius

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    2. I see what you did there...

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  2. Well, not the first troll attempt via redefinition, but definitely a highly skilled one.

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  3. Thanks. Liked this: "The end of the troll is not in his own speech, then, but in that of the others, when they take up his comments in as many ways as bring regret. For there is excess or deficiency in each response, and then more again in each response to that; and every responder chooses his own words lightly but demands exactitude from the rest, and while correcting the others he introduces something new and questionable."

    And this: "For annoyance results from many kinds of speech; and the peculiarity [idion] of the troll is not annoyance or controversy in general, but confusion and strife among a community who really agree..."

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