Trolls, let's talk about trolls, shall we?
First of all, we should take a look at the definition of our topic. This one is from the Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary.
Main Entry: 1troll
Etymology: Middle English, probably from Anglo-French *troiller, *troller; akin to Anglo-French troil, trolle winch
Date: 15th century
1 : to cause to move round and round : roll
2 a : to sing the parts of (as a round or catch) in succession b : to sing loudly c : to celebrate in song
3 a : to fish for by trolling b : to fish by trolling in
c : to pull through the water in trolling
d : to search in or at
; also : prowl
1 : to move around : ramble
2 a : to fish by trailing a lure or baited hook from a moving boat b : search, look
; also : prowl
3 : to sing or play in a jovial manner
4 : to speak rapidly
— troll·er noun
So then, a troll is one who moves from place to place, rapidly, in circles, fishing with a wide net, while singing loudly. Sound familiar?
The troll, must be a terribly unhappy individual, frustrated by the pressures of modern life, with no outlet for their ever mounting anger, frustration and feelings of inadequacy. How enraging it must be for them to observe rational individuals, able, not only to analyze problems, but to devise intelligent theories, and methods to deal with them. They are, in no small measure, the online equivalent of road rage.
There are different types of trolls here on the Vine. Let's just look at a couple, for example.
First, we have the "Soph troll", the object of a recent article, and poll. Here, we have a young male obsessed with a woman, half-way around the world, from a different culture. Obviously, relating to her as his mother. The unobtainable female, who is always rational, he can never seem to please her with his feeble attempts at wit, and has resorted to displaying his self-horrifying love for her, with a constant barrage of horrible monikers, and epithets. Clearly, a case of "Oedipus Vexed".
Then, we have the, "if you're a troll, then I must not be", troll, evidenced in a recent attack on Joanna Carrol. Here, we have someone, faced with an outspoken, intelligent woman, able to hold her own wiith them in a debate. This is so horrifying, and unacceptable, to them, the only possible explanation, is that Joanna must be a troll. A case of, a troll, by any other name.
Notice, that in these, and all cases, the focus is not on the troll. Introspection is not their forte. It is, indeed, anathema to them, lest they get a good look at themselves, and suffer severe, acute mental distress, possibly resulting in a psychotic break, or suicide.
Let's look at the fishing aspect, of these psychic vampires. They roam the Vine, seeking, with stealth, civilized, decent users, involved in reasonable discourse, and with the precision, stealth, and malevolent motivation of a sniper, choose, aim, and fire upon their intended victim, with malice and forethought. Occasionally, the unwitting target, wounded, and enraged, responds in kind. Voila, the troll has hit his target, and enjoys the intended result. The returned insult, the anger, the destruction of the civil discourse, are all their "catch", that which they were fishing for. Thusly, enjoying their momentary, fleeting "victory". It is never enough, however, it only lasts for a second, and they must move on, like a junky, freneticly seeking their next "fix". Hence, the dictum, "don't feed the trolls", they will simply move on, seeking another target. It is much like putting a bolt lock on your front door. The burglar, or in this case, the troll, will move on, seeking an easier target.
Eventually, trolls tend to be suspended, or banned, the latter leading to the phenomenon of the" Soph Troll", with the seemingly infinite number of reregs, and nicknames. "Trollus Infinitus"
There we have some cursory observations, and possible motivational hypotheses, with respect to the curious phenomenon of trolldom.
Do not ask for whom hell trolls, he trolls for thee.
Now, for a lttle fun. Please relay one of the following in the form of comment:
Your favorite troll story;
Your funniest troll story;
Your worse troll nightmare; or
Your best troll dealing strategy.
Yes, as there have been so many trolling articles, of late, I realize that this entire story, may, in fact, be considered a form of trolling, in and of, itself. Stealth trolling. I forgot that one. (: