Being a prick on the internet because you can

Trolling has become something so common and popular, that we are used to it. People enjoy getting a response out of someone else, and feeling a certain power over them. While it might not be the most ethical thing to do, it has become a part of our culture and humor. Trolling is the perfect combination of cleverness and comedy. It might get a few people angry, but at the same time it amuses millions.

It is interesting that television shows have been trolling to the masses as well. Jimmy Kimmel Live! created a video of a girl twerking, falling and catching on fire that was posted on You Tube. It had so many views and responses (positive/negative) that it went viral very quickly. In a way the people behind it were trolling as they were making fun of girls who post videos of them twerking to get a respond out of his viewers. When people found out it was not a real video, many got offended and responded back, but others, mostly trolls, just enjoyed the show.

Moreover, this leads me to my next point. Are people too naive? Every day Internet users fall for the same sarcastic jokes or comments and gets a reaction out of them. Yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres show, she presented a video of the “Today Show” host Matt Lauer wearing erotic clothing to make fun of the movie “50 Shades of Grey.” Although it was clear this was something fake, a lot of people though it wasn’t responding negatively and arguing about something that didn’t even happen. defines trolling as something negative, while Urban Dictionary defines it as, “Being a prick on the internet because you can.” Although it is the “unreliable source,” this is the meaning I believe is more accurate for the word “trolling,” as I don’t associate it as being something bad. People are free to parody someone or something online; it is part of freedom of speech. People know trolling is a trend happening on the Internet, and should not take it personal, but rather enjoy it.

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