In our blog , we have extensively explored the  phenomenon of the troll in our modern internet and social media age. As seen in the numerous examples that we have displayed throughout our research and discovery of trolls both in the interpersonal individual sphere , to the those motivated by political and financial gain. We have identified that the anonymity of the internet has become allowed for trolling the prosper as it shield perpetrators from effective policing and accountability. The consensus we have received from our supporters and fellow passionate anti-trollists have revealed we have been largely on the ball.

Yesterday, however i stumbled across a very interesting argument while discussing this topic with a friend. She asked me a very simple question. Could trolling be justified if it was a good cause? Is there a possibility that we can find a good troll?

In many other more oppressive regimes outside the sphere of our democratic and free societies, ‘trolls’ are viewed as hero and whistleblowers who dare stand against dictators, tyrants and mass murders.

There is an abundance of political activist trolls, who’s influence have often been credited in inciting revolutions most recently in movements such as the Arab spring. The movement which saw oppressive regimes such as Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and  now syria fall in recent times. Prominent tweeters such as ‘@ArabRevolution’ is a prime example of such activism.

In regular engagement with his follower base, his call to arms throughout these campaigns has been a source of information and opposing force against regimes. Highly sought after for persecution by dictators, @ArabRevolution credits twitter and the anonymity the internet provides in protecting his identity and preserving the last remaining channels of non-government controlled communication between oppressed peoples. Only promising to “remove his mask, when the time is right”

Make no mistake however that the governments of these countries label activists such as @ArabRevolution are the worst of trolls. their claims are often discredited as rebel propaganda, and often their tweets are as vicious as the ones commenting on Julia Gillard’s genitalia. But when faced with persecution , and when one feels that the only way to resist oppression is through anonymous trolling of the forces that be…does the end justify the means? 

It certainly is worth thinking about.

Post by  J.Y

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One response to “

  1. I have to be honest, I never thought of this side of the argument. It is a very interesting angle. I guess we don’t see that someone times one persons’s troll is another persons’s activist.

    But this is a classic case of the end justifies the means. Just because you have a good cause or that your motivation and desired outcomes are legitimate , does not mean you should condone and accept the use of terrible methods. I admit we are not talking about guns or tanks but the principle is thee same .

    Otherwise where do we draw the line? and who gets to decide where that line is ?

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