Trollery: The Stalinist Art and Science of Pissing People Off

Headline image: Screen capture from the official trailer for “Trollhunter” (original Norwegian: Trolljegeren ), a 2010 film. Fair use to illustrate topic.

by Terry Ponick

WASHINGTON. Trollery. Let’s explore this 21st century, primarily left-wing phenomenon in American politics. Some months ago, I responded rationally (I hope) to a particularly snotty, generalized put-down of Trump supporters, the kind of thing you see posted all too often on otherwise informative discussion forums like Quora. Every day, it seems, both here and elsewhere, one or more individuals (always under assumed names) will post “honest questions” for comment. Like “Does anyone know why only cretins support Donald Trump?” The aim is to take out, via these denunciation invitations, any and all opponents a modern low-information Stalinist doesn’t like.

What, exactly, is a troll?

In the beginning, the term “troll,” was used as a noun to describe mythical, primarily Scandinavian dwarves or giants that often appeared in folklore or fairy tales. These were usually nasty monsters who lived under bridges or elsewhere to threaten and harass innocent citizens and passers-by. Read the rest HERE.

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