Talking of trolling, the New Yorker published an interesting piece by Adrian Chen, looking at what happened when a pro-Trump Reddit-dwelling troll was suddenly brought into the glare of publicity when his Gif went viral — and his true identity was established.
Suddenly, his behavior became more than pixels on a screen. It had consequences:
For HanAssholeSolo, though, his gif episode showed him what most of us instinctively know—that our online lives are intricately woven into our real ones, and that freedom of speech is not an excuse for a lack of empathy, even “behind a keyboard.” This was “an extreme wake up call,” he wrote in his apology. “To people who troll on the Internet for fun, consider your words and actions conveyed in your message and who it might upset or anger. Put yourself in their shoes before you post it.”
If there’s one thing that these trolls and the traditional media have had in common for a long time, it’s been the idea that virtual interactions were in some way inferior to physical one, that they counted less – if at all.
Both groups are slowly learning how very untrue that idea is.
Was President Trump's electoral coalition born a decade ago in the nihilistic pranks of 4chan's anons?
Partisan reporting (or even *gasp* blogging) isn't the problem - it's outright propaganda. This isn't about professional status, but relationship with reality.
Like the French at the battle of Agincourt, the mainstream media are losing the culture war, because the enemy has better weapons. Are we prepared to fight a 21st century information war?
When can a journalist say something is a lie rather than merely something that is incorrect?
Trump understands what so many miss: tweet like you talk, not like you write.
Huffington Post, July 2015:
After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow.
Huffington Post today:
Donald Trump has shocked the world with a stunning victory to be elected President of the United States following a bitter and divisive campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The result has been called by The Associated Press.
If we can understand that journey, we can understand the media’s role in the politics of 2016.