is that magical blend between idiot and artist that really pushes all the buttons. Here
are his contributions to College Humor. [more inside]
posted by rebent
on Mar 12, 2013 -
Last year, after Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel had parents troll their kids for cheap laughs by telling them that they had eaten all their candy. While many observers, including some Mefites
, felt that lying to your kids in this way was being willfully-mean, it garnered 34 million hits on YouTube, so naturally, he did it again.
Whether you think this is funny or not is definitely debatable; but if you're an old curmudgeon, like me, perhaps 3 year-old Madeline
might just restore your hope for humanity.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy
on Nov 3, 2012 -
Trolling the Head of the TSA: Bruce Schneier [previously
], consummate voice of sanity on all issues of security, co-authors an article in The Atlantic
] demonstrating how weak and ultimately pointless most of the new security practices put in place at airports since 9/11 are by, among other things, boarding airplanes with large amounts of liquid, using fake boarding passes he printed off his computer, and wearing an "I <3 Hezbollah" t-shirt. TSA head Kip Hawley then responds
on the TSA's blog. Schneier then responds to the response
blog. Hawley then leaves a comment
to that post. Schneier fires back again
in his monthly newsletter. Quite an interesting and intelligent debate, despite both men humorously falling victim to the idioms of the medium and getting increasingly snarky with each passing post. [via this month's crypto-gram, a good read all the way around.]
posted by ChasFile
on Nov 17, 2008 -
Zeno of Elea, Socrates and Jesus, Weev said, are his all-time favorite trolls. He also identifies with Coyote and Loki, the trickster gods, and especially with Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction. “Loki was a hacker. The other gods feared him, but they needed his tools.”
The New York Times investigates the ever-evolving, LOL-corrupting, epileptic-seizuring, iPod-leaving-on-gravestone-ing phenomenon of major Internet trolling, featuring interviews with Jason Fortuny, Weev, and a gentleman named Christopher Poole (prev
). [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Jul 31, 2008 -
Where can a company that owns nothing but legal documents force another company that actually does make products to pay them? In the USA
! You too can be a patent troll. Just patent any dumb idea you have -- you'll certainly be awarded the patent -- then sue anyone who makes a product that looks remotely like it could be based on your idea. Congratulations! You made money by punishing
people who actually make things! Hooray!
posted by raaka
on Jan 23, 2006 -
College Girls: Unpaid Whores.
So you think you're a great troller. You think you know how to spin your words with absolute precision to force your opponents into a saliva-spewing frenzied rage. Well, guess what? You're a nobody, an amateur. It's time for you to bow down before the One True Master: Cornell University doctoral candidate Joseph J. Sabia
. I defy a single MeFite, of any ideology or political persuasion, to not find at least one statement in this article that doesn't completely infuriate them.
posted by aaron
on Mar 19, 2002 -