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Ignore the wisdom of Parker and Stone at your peril

So I stumbled onto yet another thread about the dude who is rating every single game a ‘1’ on BGG, and I’m watching people yell back and forth … and all I can think of is this season’s South Park. Which just ended. They had consistent insight into trolling, psychology, online behavior.

Here’s a (from memory) scene from the finale

Pentagon Flunky — “Person A trolls Person B. But the goal isn’t to anger person B, it’s to enrage C and D so much that they over-react and go way overboard in B’s defense. This angers E through I so much that they back the troll even though they used to not give a shit. That group’s anger fuels the next wave and so on. It’s like a fission reaction turning into a fusion reaction.”

(At which point Mr. Garrettson comments — “Gee, that sounds like how I got elected President.”)

As in last season South Park didn’t really bother to tie up their loose threads — they even called the finale ‘The End of Serialization as We Know It,’ and they didn’t do anything with the most quotable grapes cartoonists have ever created (the Member Berries), but it was still a pretty good season;

In other media I’m slowly savoring Season 3 of Hannibal. Haven’t decided what I’ll binge over Christmas.


Written by taogaming

December 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

Posted in TV & Media

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  1. I think there’s a deeper structural effect though. Getting an emotional reaction and starting a flame war is the near term goal of the troll, but the long term problem is people not thinking clearly on, well, anything. Angry and irritated people swing to extremes and have difficulty registering nuance. It makes us dumber collectively,

    Mark Delano

    December 12, 2016 at 8:24 am

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