“Trolls” Paid for by Governments

Jimbo Wales discusses trolling in a special se...

Jimbo Wales discusses trolling in a special session during Wikimania 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Trolls’ are simply comments made to provoke anger and garner attention
So why do people troll?
Can we prevent trolling or limit the damage trolls do? Here are some thoughts on trollology derived from academic studies and web research.

‘Another way to consider trolling from is Dr. Phil’s viewpoint: People only engage in repeated behavior if it pays off for them. What is the pay-off for trolling? Experts and online discussions cite:

‘Attention and recognition, even if negative
The emotional release of venting Power (the power to disrupt)
Vandalism- The thrill of breaking social conventions
Sabotaging groups the troll dislikes

So where do most jerks come from who disrupt Internet discussion boards? Some are volunteers. But a whole lot of them are paid. An outstanding presentation on this topic.

The New World Order is planning to steal your children
by Dave Hodges – thecommonsenseshow.com

‘…It is a frightening consideration that this woman is teaching impressionable young men and women at a major university. Perhaps, Senator Joe McCarthy was correct that America has been taken over by communists back in the 1950′s. Even bombastic talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, and that “spooky” commentator, Glenn Beck are referring to these misguided statements as being of a communistic origin.

‘Perry-Harris outrageous comments remind me of the ridiculous book that Hillary Clinton wrote entitled It Takes a Village to Raise a Child. Both works popularize the notion that we view all people as property of the state. I for one am sick of it. I do not exist for the benefit of Rockefeller and Rothschild. It takes a Village Idiot to say that children belong to the state…’
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Cable Companies Can Now Force You to Rent Set-Top Boxes
‘For many customers, cable may be getting even more expensive. A new FCC ruling lets cable providers require customers to rent set-top boxes for their basic tiers (including local stations). With HD boxes running around $10 a month for each TV and using more power than the fridge, this might be the straw the breaks the cable subscriber’s back. Here are your other options.’

Amusing Lessons from a Stolen Laptop
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