Online Trolling

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It's pretty difficult for me to give a scholarly book 5 stars, but this one nailed it. I'm not sure how the trolls -- the topic of this book -- would feel about the topic, but as a researcher and user of the Internet, this demystified a lot of things for me. Phillips makes the argument (quite persuasively) that trolls are the byproduct of our culture, and the behaviors they engage in are emblematic of the mass media practices that we see so often on our television and computer screens. Beyond the usual "trolling is bad" argument, Phillips dissects the behaviors and illuminates why and how trolling exists in our society. She has many interviews with actual trolls and is free about describing her own engagement as a troll as part of her research. She tackles her researcher bias very openly. This book was thought-provoking and informative, and actually has a satisfying ending. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in online culture and behaviors.


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