6 Types of Internet Trolls (and How to Respond to Them)

If we were to update Dante’s Divine Comedy for the 21st century, we might revise it so that persons in the inner circle of hell would be forced to spend their days reading and interacting with the comment chains of national news outlets, popular websites, famous YouTube videos, and celebrity Twitter accounts. In other words, humanity would be punished by having to interact with internet Trolls.

What is an internet troll?

An internet troll is a person who aims to start arguments and upset or humiliate people by posting accusatory, inflammatory, or off-topic messages in online comment chains or chatrooms. Trolls who have mastered the dark art of trollery will exhibit a number of skills, including: selective outrage; obstinate quibbles over petty details; the refusal to listen to or sympathize with interlocutors, purportedly on principle but mainly to distort or hijack the conversation; and the seizing of any opening to practice these dark arts from the safety of his own basement.
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Terrorism’s Relation to Islam: How Prominent Voices on the Right and Left Get It Wrong

Several weeks ago, Islamic terrorists pulled off a triple-bombing in Belgium, striking the Brussels airport twice and its downtown metro station once. The bombings killed at least 35 people. On Easter Sunday, jihadis bombed a park in Lahore, Pakistan, killing at least 70 people in their attempt to target Christians. These bombings are a reminder, [ Read More ]