About Social Media Trolls

I don’t get it. The intention of these people. The trolls. Who are they? Especially: What’s going wrong with their lives?

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By JNL (Own work)

You know, I use Social Media (in this case Facebook and Twitter) as a sort of personal news channel. As a student of media and communication studies I can tell you this is quite common. So I am the type of user who reads a lot, searches for answers but doesn’t communicate much. In fact, this blog is the big exception. I liked a lot of news media sites on Facebook and Twitter because it’s convenient to see their posts in my timeline and it makes it easy to be up-to-date. But reading the posts beneath certain articles I notice that other people – the other type of user – apparently find their purpose in life doing one thing: Posting stupid shit. Continue reading

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What to think about the Ukraine?

It will not be me who gives you an answer to this question. Because there is no easy answer, and because I wasn’t there. Like everyone I depend on the media and their reports to form an opinion. Don’t worry! I am not one of the trolls who spread conspiracy theories about evil America. Neither will I defend Russia. But I’d like to make some remarks. Today I read something about the neo-Nazi members of the militia that supports the Ukrainian government against the “pro-russian separatists”. It reminded me that we always have to question the motives of both sides. There is – as usual – no black and white.  Continue reading