“Trolling is not stupid”: Internet trolling as the art of deception serving entertainment

  title={“Trolling is not stupid”: Internet trolling as the art of deception serving entertainment},
  author={Marta Dynel},
  journal={Intercultural Pragmatics},
  pages={353 - 381}
  • Marta Dynel
  • Published 1 September 2016
  • Psychology
  • Intercultural Pragmatics
Abstract This paper aims to distill the essence of Internet trolling, a prevalent intercultural online communicative phenomenon which appears in many forms and guises. However, the label “trolling” tends to be (mis)used in reference to communicative practices which are not trolling in the traditional sense. It is argued that trolling necessarily relies on deception performed in multi-party interactions, which is conducive to (humorous) entertainment of self and/or other participants, at the… 

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