Miranda “Empress Troll” Haymon ’16 writes:
The moment you’ve all been waiting for…
The mystery lessened (though never to be solved…)
You have arrived at…
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Troll Cave~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you can’t stand the heat get out of our cave.
Tickets are free at the box office in Usdan between 10am and 4:30pm.
WARNING: Adult Content.
- DATE?: Thursday (TONIGHT), Friday, and Saturday
- TIME?: 8pm
- PLACE?: ’92 Theater
The Formidable Mickey Capper ’13 needs no snarky introduction:
The first ever WESU Radio Documentary Trolls special will air tonight on WESU Middletown 88.1fm and wesufm.org online. Join us for experiments in audio storytelling! Musical weapons on the subway! Roommate drama in the old folks home! More encounters between people, art, sounds, love, and each other. Don’t miss it!!!
Date: Tonight (tomorrow morning?) at midnight
Time: 12:00 a.m.
Place: WESU Middletown 88.1
In a semester that has seen the current incarnation of the Wesleyan ACB get mentions from PSafe and other school officials due to its creepy spasms of racism, it may be an object of comfort, or of worry, to know that the ACB of Oberlin, our sister (?) in the Midwest, has had some problems with repressed negative feelings as well. Jezebel has the story of a former student named Cate Minall, who was at first called a slut on Oberlin’s Oberlin Confessional board (which, by the way, requires an Oberlin e-mail address to sign up for, thus ensuring that all intolerance is perfectly endemic to your community) in the 2006-2007 school year. She was like, “okay, fine, everyone gets called a slut on this board. I’m just going to starve the trolls and ignore it.” Things began to escalate and get creepy, though, as some anonymous listener stealthily picked her life apart:
But then things spiraled out of control. Anonymous posters wrongfully accused Minall of spreading STDs, stealing boyfriends, and sleeping with professors in order to pass classes. A 60-page thread piled up overnight that was dedicated entirely to Minall’s sexual exploits, some accurate but most completely false.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t go anywhere on campus, because everything I said in class would be posted and torn apart,” Minall, now 24, recalled. “It wasn’t just on the computer anymore.” Friends and prospective love interests were scared away by the rumors. One night, her room was broken into and trashed. Someone found her address and posted it online, threatening to contact her family and let them know what their little girl had been up to — or, rather, what Oberlin Confessional thought she was up to.
In this edition of “Wesleying linkblogs the Argus and provides minimal credit,” I just felt the need to direct your attention to two opinion peices in the last edition of the Argus, featuring the subject of the oft-maligned Mytheos Holt ’10. In his last Mytheology, he reveals that it was all a ruse in order to reflect and expose the sorry state of of political discourse of campus:
The Ampersand, in a rare moment of clarity, was correct: this column is, and always has been, intended to troll the rest of the campus. Contrary to their interpretation, that does not meant that I, the author, am not a conservative Republican (I am). What it means is that I am not a self-important, pretentious, intellectually vapid idiot. You see, when this column was first conceived, it was conceived as a sort of satire in the tradition of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” That is, while the conclusions I ended up reaching in the column were largely reflective of my own views on issues, the reasoning used to arrive at them, with a few rare exceptions, was designed to be a mirror—an uncharitable mirror—that I had meant to hold up to the utter lack of intellectual seriousness that was exhibited by-and-large by the Left-activist wing of this campus.
For much of you, this is probably a Sixth Sense-esque “now it all makes sense” (it’s a twist!). Others will most likely see this as a cop-out to cover the logical shortcomings in Holt’s writings (these people are simply wrong). Others will no doubt question Holt’s methods, pointing to the “real” damage his column did to the reputation of government professor Melayne Price (the original copy is on the ACB, while the Argus website still has the retraction and the student responses). Still others will pretend they knew all along. But no response will be as good as that of Jon Zamboni ’10, who points out the dialectal purpose of Holt’s trolling:
So, apparently trolls have taken over the Wes CollegeAcb, causing the admin to take some desperate measures.
More on this incredibly important story, as it develops.
The New York Times Magazine will be publishing an article this Sunday about internet trolling, with a focus on /b/ and free speech.
/b/ reads like the inside of a high-school bathroom stall, or an obscene telephone party line, or a blog with no posts and all comments filled with slang that you are too old to understand.
Why inflict anguish on a helpless stranger? It’s tempting to blame technology, which increases the range of our communications while dehumanizing the recipients. Cases like An Hero and Megan Meier presumably wouldn’t happen if the perpetrators had to deliver their messages in person. But while technology reduces the social barriers that keep us from bedeviling strangers, it does not explain the initial trolling impulse. This seems to spring from something ugly — a destructive human urge that many feel but few act upon, the ambient misanthropy that’s a frequent ingredient of art, politics and, most of all, jokes. There’s a lot of hate out there, and a lot to hate as well.
It’s an interesting read.