So, thanks to some brainstorming, conversations with peers and teachers, and reading, I am prepared to move ahead on my paper topic idea: TROLLING.
My last blog post defined (ever-so-scientifically) what trolling properly is. I’m likely to begin my essay briefly describing my first personal experience with trolling, which was as humorous as it was annoying. From that reflection, I’ll likely give a cursory overview of Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizomatic theory as described in their introduction to A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. This will allow me to give a very abstract (and not in a bad way) interpretation of trolling. What might particularly come out of this section is the notion that trolls, as “raising up” or “un-concealing” an opinion that is generally considered asinine, they often appear to have some knowledge of the situation (think of Stephen Colbert’s shtick). How is trolling different from “gibberish” typing?
Next, I’ll likely add in some case studies: some professional and not-so-professional (although insightful). Also, I can likely incorporate some of my own experiences being a troll (I’ve already started doing this a bit… might try to go for 1 week strong).
My next direction is a little obscure as of now. I feel like mentioning Heidegger’s notion of “enframement” which renders previous and present technology’s “insecure” could be very insightful, and offer novel takes on trolling. But I’m likely to mention Zizek’s “Violence” next. I’ve just started scanning this book and feel like it’ll be largely beneficial when trying to reconcile my (somewhat optimistic) take on trolling with more negative attacks, such as Levinson’s, i.e. that it seeks to “bury dialogues.” Hopefully I’ll have more to report on next week on this front.
Lastly, I think I’ll mention Malcolm Bull’s “Anti-Nietzsche” (I actually wrote the 1 user review you see on that homepage). This will greatly augment and stimulate my discussion of ‘internet democracy,’ which seems to be a common theme to the enconiums for social media. Bull prescribes a challenging call-to-action via an ironic “call-to-fail.” Trolling could represent the “lowest denominator” of internet opinion, and as such, is the direction that democracy ought to head towards and absorb. Look for a more detailed review of this book tomorrow, perhaps.
Okay! So there ya go! I will definitely have to try not to bog down my essay with philosophers and theories, and absolutely avoid using any of them as a “mouthpiece” to give my argument more strength than it really does. I’ll mention their ideas as they relate, and then explicitly say what this could mean for social media and trolling… Fortunately, none of them have mentioned trolling before (can you believe it??).
Alright, please criticize!!