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  •  Using comment threads on Yahoo (1+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar

    and other news sites is hardly representative of what people think and do. The number of trolls there is incredible. They're purposely trying to get a rise out of folks by saying outrageous things.

    People on-line tend to self segregate.  People do not tend to form an on-line relationship with anyone they differ too much from so your example of communicating with someone from China only works if the person is open minded enough to try it.
    I still don't see how this is significantly different from life before social networks. I have plenty of friends on social networks who are rather different than me and with whom I have various conversations about politics.
    •  Not to mention one person can actually be (1+ / 0-)
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      a thousand trolls as the hardest part would be setting up a thousand email accounts.  Even then, everything but the CAPTCHA could be automated so at say, 100 email accounts created per day (that includes the time necessary to find and switch proxies or even create his/her own botnet) the troll could have a thousand in about a year.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:04:27 AM PST

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      •  They have programs that do a lot of it (1+ / 0-)
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        And there are a lot of troll. More than that, part of the problem is that the reasonable comments get lost in the noise. One troll can cause people to flip out and start being assholes back thus derailing the whole comment section. They more people involved and the less connection between them the more likely that is to happen. If I'm talking about something with my friends and their circle of friends it's more likely to remain civil, even if we have wildly different opinions. The Yahoo example actually shows how social networks are preferable to just comments on articles.

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