“What did comment trolls do before the internet?”


In response to recent twitter queries from @BenFordham & @jonkudelka, plus a seeming holiday uptick in general trollery on a few sites I follow, just felt it was time to give this classic @Lileks tweet from 2010 a re-run:

5 Responses to ““What did comment trolls do before the internet?””

  1. Capt Gene Says:

    They lived under rocks. What else would they have done? Duh!

  2. Carpe Jugulum Says:

    “What did comment trolls do before the internet”

    Street theatre, really bad street theatre. The sort with puppets, clowns and dialogue that doesn’t make sense unless S8 drugs are involved.

  3. gregoryno6 Says:

    Poison pen letters. One form of communication which the internet has profoundly facilitated.
    Damn those unintended consequences.

  4. gregoryno6 Says:

    This probably has it about right.
    sometimes they come from people who don’t know you at all but randomly go around collecting names and addresses to practice the art.

  5. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    Masturbation, in the basement, with a Hustler magazine, whispering the words ‘joy hole’, ‘cock pit’ and ‘hot and sticky slut wants me’. ‘Labia’, ‘vagina’, ‘fellatio’ were just fancy Latin words in the dictionary (oh look, he said ‘dick’).

    Cheers


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