Trolling 101: Are You The Victim of a Troll?
August 12, 2013 17 Comments
If you know any of us personally, I think you already know that we have a lot of fun with “trolling” ourselves, and our good friends. Trolling is our preferred method of interaction, and to outside observers, we probably look quite stupid. On a deeper level, our trolling of each other has actually enhanced all of our relationships, because anything is eligible to be said about anyone, so there are no secrets between good friends.
What is Trolling?
“Trolling” originated on the internet, and has branched out into mainstream culture quite nicely.
“The art of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet, using dialogue.
Trolling does not mean just making rude remarks: Shouting swear words at someone doesn’t count as trolling; it’s just flaming, and isn’t funny. Spam isn’t trolling either; it pisses people off, but it’s lame.
The most essential part of trolling is convincing your victim that either
a) truly believe in what you are saying, no matter how outrageous
b) give your victim malicious instructions, under the guise of help.
Trolling requires deceiving; any trolling that doesn’t involve deceiving someone isn’t trolling at all; it’s just stupid. As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccessful troll.
Signs that your trolling is successful:
*Your victim screaming in all-caps at you.
*Personal attacks (Calling you a retard, idiot, etc).
*Being an Internet Tough Guy.
*Making a crude remark, before quickly logging off before you can retort.” via: Urban Dictionary
I personally find trolling hilarious, but more importantly, creative. It creates an interesting social dynamic that everyone can have fun with, and usually never get bored with. The most irritating people in life that I come across are those who simply have no sense of humor, or their sense of humor isn’t available 24/7. They are simply taking life too seriously, and us trolls are out to let them know about it by prying on their deepest insecurities.
Is Trolling Wrong?
When done without harmless malicious intent, I find trolling to actually be quite beneficial for the victim of the troll. As long as the victim at some point becomes aware that they are being trolled, they get to play back. If someone doesn’t become aware they are being trolled, they will continue to get trolled anyway by the most persistent trolls. You don’t want to get out-smarted by a troll, so you might/should develop your own counter skills to challenge them if you desire. Trolling is a fun form of “competition” for a majority of my social network.
Why Do People Get Trolled?
People get trolled 99% of the time because they lack intelligence of their situation in life. Common victims of a troll include predominantly negatively minded individuals. They make life miserable for everyone else because they want everyone else to feel sympathy for them. These individuals can be labeled “Energy Vampires” because they suck the positive energy out of your aura when in your presence. Trolls love to make examples of these people right to their face to help them wake up and realize they are negatively affecting society as a whole. Staying asleep induces further trolling.
Who Should I Troll?
Anyone who is affecting your life in a negative way. I mean anyone. If someone is a part of your life and they are no benefit to you, why are you still associating yourself with them? Young children don’t have the choice, but if you are old enough to read this article, you do. Make a list of the most negative people in your life, then decide to eliminate them from your life as you see fit, or until they decide to enhance you rather than entrance you. If they stick around like glue, break out the troll gear and get to work.
Too Much Trolling?
Never heard of it.
While I love to troll, at times it can simply become “annoying” to others, yet always funny to myself and my fellow trolls. Balancing your trolling with other stimulating conversation can be beneficial, and will make your trolling work look even more clever to those around you. I love when everyone I am with is attempting to out troll each and every troll around them for pride. A fun, harmless, positively enriching game between friends. Better than arguing and fighting in my humble opinion.
You will never find a troll in a physical fight or argument unless the situation calls for extreme self-defense. Trolls are too smart to fight, they see it as a sign of weakness rather than strength. It is tough to get a troll angry, as they are quite used to being verbally attacked. Individuals who initiate verbal attacks looking to physically fight someone usually aren’t even worth fighting, just laughing at. They will probably get the message and see how dumb they are coming off, or they will decide to attack you, so make sure you are proficient in a form of martial art to ward these clowns away and back to Trollville.
How to Troll Effectively
Trolling takes a long time to truly master. You have to be sneaky, and extremely assertive to pull off a successful troll on someone.
As a troll, you can never qualify yourself. You simply cannot try to gain the approval of others by being nice, courteous, and polite…at least in our social group. These are nice qualities to possess as a human, but in reality, all humans should possess them unconditionally anyway so there is no real challenge in being super nice.
I would rather someone call me a piece of shit, knowing they are joking, than call me by my first name. It’s just too unoriginal and standard for my wacky reality I exist in. In our social group, our first names are irrelevant as we will frequently confuse others by calling each and every single person, Mike. Everyone is Mike, so everyone is equal essentially. Everyone is equal, and everyone is able to be trolled equally. Makes for a lot of fun every single time, no exceptions.
You couldn’t possibly have a bad time hanging out with us because we are laughing more than we are actually communicating half the time. This dynamic spreads a disgusting amount of positive energy into the environment, something we could all use every now and then. Oh, and laughter is free of charge every time unless you go to a comedy club and pay for it. Why would you do that when your entire social network is full of comedians?
Becoming a Master Troll
The best trolls have no limits to their trolling, and usually have a close group of fun friends because of it. You don’t want to fuck up anything in life because you will get ridiculed. Heading down a bad path because you are just being stupid with your decision making? We are going to let you know about it, but not to your face necessarily. We will subtly suggest things out loud that will make you insecure to your rash decision-making and hopefully adjust, or end up in an endless vicious cycle of constant trolling. Or you might stop hanging out with us for a while, which is fine, because you’re not actually benefiting our lives in any way anyway.
While I have a big heart, and so do all of my friends, we are going for the laugh every single time we say something about someone. We deep down want them to become aware of their reality, and make the choice to improve. We love each and every one of our friends unconditionally, and we know that if one succeeds, we all succeed.
A Trolling Conclusion
As you can see, being a troll is easily the most fun and exciting way to live your life. You will never find yourself bored, you will always look for ways to improve your “game”, you will always look for ways to prevent being trolled, and you essentially become a better person because of it. You become a better person by learning to relate to people through humor, rather than confrontation. Confrontation and argument look silly after a while, so you decide never to do it anymore. It’s actually quite easy to eliminate confrontation and argument once you see how pointless it becomes.
If your victim of trolling becomes rather sensitive, enlighten them as to why they might be sensitive. It usually boils down to fear, and insecurity, both of which can be eliminated with their efforts. Wouldn’t you want to remove fear and insecurity from life? Who would say no to that?
What is The Point of This Article?
To show you another way to have fun, that is all really. My friends and I have fun interacting in an intelligent, yet bizarre manner to give life a little bit of spice and excitement, two completely harmless things done when in moderation. There is no “moderation” to happiness if you don’t want there to be, so why would you choose to believe so? Spread laughter and happiness thru being a dumb little enlightened troll.
Please leave your comments below, as I expect to be trolled just for writing this article.