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Desc:The Today show discusses a dark side of the net
Category:News & Politics, Classic TV Clips
Tags:suicide, Today Show, trolls, perry aftab
Submitted:teenage mutant lisa turtle
Date:03/31/10
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Caminante Nocturno
You're only giving them what they want, right down to the blubbery woman.

Speaking of which, this needs an "aftab" tag.

BillLumbergh
Not only do these reporters exploit tragic incidents just like trolls do-- they are providing them with evermore recognition, which is pure fucking troll food. This is the very reason trolls do their thing; this is their actual payoff. And Today Show is most certainly aware of it. Some dark shit right here, yes.

Or maybe they're just really dumb. Well, five stars either way.
Candlejackv616
Honestly they probably are that dumb, everyday I'm surprised with how little people understand about computers and what exactly people do on the internet, Let alone what people can do with the internet.

It's kinda scary since people use the Web constantly, Christ on a cracker its on most of their fucking phones for browsing. It is hilarious though how badly this segment has backfired, they just don't get "it".

The Mothership
"If you're in control you can protect your kids, whether they're alive or after their death."
Big Muddy
That, and this especially at 6:20 just left me dumbstruck: "You got to Google your kid's facts so you always know where they are while they're alive, hopefully always."

K. Brass
Now let's see them do the same story replacing the pretty, white teenage girls from middle/upper class families with Chris-chan.
Hooker
Chris-chan will just kill himself without the sonichu pendant on, meaning it doesn't really count and the trolls didn't win.

themilkshark
Why haven't any trolls called A&E's Hoarders show on behalf of the Chandler Residence? Get on that shit, internet!

BorrowedSolution
Okay, so: It's going to be a crime to post anonymously with the intent to annoy somebody? How do you pin down anonymous posters? Threaten to charge everybody who could have possibly used that i.p. address? That sounds a bit unlawful.
But then, trolls are idiots, and idiots don't plead the fifth. And thus the legal system justifies itself, yet again. Maybe trolls will just migrate to airports and starbucks' to play their nefarious game of calling people names and being attention whores. And then the FBI will be checking laptops in wireless areas for people saying naughty things to poor, fragile rich white american girls. I'm sure Alex Jones predicted all of this, if you read between the lines. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
socialist_hentai
"Look at that beautiful girl and forget the negative..." isn't the negative what drove her to hang herself? Aren't you the least bit curious why your daughter chose to commit suicide?
themilkshark
They spent her entire short life "forgetting" about their daughter.

TeenerTot
"Intent to Annoy"
Hooker
The Today Show should also explore the evolution of the "troll" accusation, taking it from its roots of people explicitly going out of their way to shock and irritate people to today's broad definition of the term where anyone who holds an opinion that is contrary to the popular opinion is a troll.
Syd Midnight
If only these people had parents of their own to explain to them "They just want to get a reaction from you, if you ignore them they'll eventually go away"

chumbucket
As expected, The Today show producers are unable to understand the troll paradox that explains how actually talking about trolls feeds them further. Browsing any random internet forum will easily show this fact.
dr tits
if you feed them any more they'll look like that fat woman peering over her glasses; with over-sized rusty metal trinkets tied on as make-shift jewelery, you'll find them living in their parents' musty root-cellar waiting for the next unsuspecting billy goat to commit suicide so they can get their troll on

memedumpster
Today Show is for faggots.
Ocyrus
Not all trolls terrorize suicide victims. I troll all the time, going after all kinds of stuff, but I draw the line some places.
Maybe I should hang up my troll hat.
voodoo_pork
Just be a discriminating troll. Use your powers for, well, not GOOD, but not evil. Um... I don't know point I'm trying to make.

Konversekid
Freeze at 2:24
voodoo_pork
Nice healthy thread heating up over in the dungeons of 4Chan. This woman tempts the Beast.
jangbones
I laughed.

Also, AFTAB!
Rodents of Unusual Size
Whenever there's unnecessary over-reaction and hyperbole to be shared vocally, Perry Aftab is there!

fluffy
A cruel new online trend? You're about 20 years too late for that, champs.
Syd Midnight
Perhaps the cruelest act of trolling was when I convinced alt.music.rush that Neil Peart had died and John Rutsey would be replacing him on the next album.

Cyberblah
A cruel new trend that Andy Kaufman was building his career on before anyone had heard of the Internet (or Arpanet, as it was still called).

pastorofmuppets
You know what's really shitty? Letting your daughter get to the point where she hangs herself. Let's outlaw that, too.
Nithing
This is literally The Onion's Today Now. Aftab even looks like one of their regular guests.
The God of Biscuits
"Who would do something like this?!?!"

Apparently none of these people use Xbox Live, or it would be pretty apparent.
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