Trolls and literary theory

The troll dismisses authorial intent in determining interpretation. They judge themself the sole authority on the meaning of their target’s words. These words will be selectively deconstructed and misconstrued in order to fit in with the troll’s preconceived notions. The last thing the troll intends is to engage people to better understand their viewpoint. The troll brings a dogmatic (and often kooky)  ideology to the discussion, and all parties must come around to supporting it. To question the veracity of the troll’s claims is a grave sin and offence, and puts the other party’s character into question.

The troll believes that the world not seeing itself their way is an injustice. To them, the other party is offensive and they are the victim. Any derogatory behaviour from them should therefore be justified and overlooked.  The troll doesn’t see how their pathetic ego and absurd expectations leads to their anti-social behaviour. The troll wants desparately to assert themself above others in order to cover over their negative self-image.

People don’t seek out trolls in order to listen them, so the troll has to approach others, for example on blogs such as this. The troll thinks they are successful if they are seen to vanguish the other party in ad hominem attacks. The troll never succeeds however, because they have ignored something important: authorial intent. No blog author intends for the troll to be the authority on interpreting what the author’s words mean. Troll posts may be humoured for a while, but if they persist, become repetitive, boring and tiresome, and distract from what the author wants to say, they will be deleted.

Pity the poor troll?


One Response to “Trolls and literary theory”

  1. Pyotr Izutsu Says:

    Yes. Pity the troll, since they certainly aren’t going to be learning anything with that attitude.

    Although I’ve noticed that lately, some trolls are running their own blogs. These tend not to get much in the way of traffic, but they are up there. Usually they have a life of a few months before the troll gets bored, but in that time they can really churn a prolific amount of content…..

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