HERE you are, peacefully reading an article or watching a video on the Internet. You finish, find it thought-provoking, and scroll down to the comments section to see what other people thought. And there, lurking among dozens of well-intentioned opinions, is a troll.
“How much longer is the media going to milk this beyond tired story?” “These guys are frauds.” “Your idiocy is disturbing.” “We’re just trying to make the world a better place one brainwashed, ignorant idiot at a time.” These are the trollish comments, all from anonymous sources, that you could have found after reading a CNN article on the rescue of the Chilean miners.
Trolling, defined as the act of posting inflammatory, derogatory or provocative messages in public forums, is a problem as old as the Internet itself, although its roots go much farther back. Even in the fourth century B.C., Plato touched upon the subject of anonymity and morality in his parable of the ring of Gyges.
That mythical ring gave its owner the power of invisibility, and Plato observed that even a habitually just man who possessed such a ring would become a thief, knowing that he couldn’t be caught. Morality, Plato argues, comes from full disclosure; without accountability for our actions we would all behave unjustly.
But the law by itself cannot do enough to disarm the Internet’s trolls. Content providers, social networking platforms and community sites must also do their part by rethinking the systems they have in place for user commentary so as to discourage — or disallow — anonymity. Reuters, for example, announced that it would start to block anonymous comments and require users to register with their names and e-mail addresses in an effort to curb “uncivil behavior.”
And that leaves out the fact that in terms of problematic content, many people are not wholly troll or non-troll
tely, I suspect that filtering/classification mechanisms will be embedded within Internet searches which selectively present information based on how the user chooses to filter. But that's just my prediction for the future. It hasn't happened yet
thats is great when one is looking for facts, like that which once was found in the newspaper or by watching Walter Cronkite, but their is no way to filter out comments made by people who are out to disrupt rather than express how they feel or what they think. Your proposed filter can not help but to be in fact a filter out legit ideas and true opinion, and you know damn well what will be filtered out is that which is not wanting to be dealt with, that which would challenge the current regime and the current biases. It would be an express lane towards demagoguery by way of censoring out all that which opposed the currently approved message.