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This is why we can't have nice things : mapping the relationship between online trolling and mainstream culture

Author: Whitney Phillips
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016] ©2015
Series: Information society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First MIT Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Internet trolls live to upset as many people as possible, using all the technical and psychological tools at their disposal. They gleefully whip the media into a frenzy over a fake teen drug crisis; they post offensive messages on Facebook memorial pages, traumatizing grief-stricken friends and family; they use unabashedly racist language and images. They take pleasure in ruining a complete stranger's day and find  Read more...
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Named Person: Troll
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Whitney Phillips
ISBN: 0262529874 9780262529877
OCLC Number: 946160335
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2016 Nancy Baym Book Award, sponsored by the Association of Internet Researchers. 2016
Description: xi, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Subcultural origins, 2003-2007 : 1. Defining terms: the origins and evolution of subcultural trolling ; 2. The only reason to do anything: lulz, play, and the mask of trolling ; 3. Toward a method/ology --
II. The "golden years," 2008-2011 : 4. The house that Fox built: anonymous, spectacle, and cycles of amplification ; 5. LOLing at tragedy: Facebook trolls, memorial pages, and the business of mass-mediated disaster narratives ; 6. Race and the no-spin zone: the thin line between trolling and corporate punditry ; 7. Dicks everywhere: the cultural logics of trolling --
III. The transitional period, 2012-2015 : 8. The lulz are dead, long live the lulz: from subculture to mainstream ; 9. Where do we go from here? The importance of spinning endlessly.
Series Title: Information society series.
Responsibility: Whitney Phillips.

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