I remember all my friends and my siblings kept calling each other “trolls” one day. I never knew what they were talking about, and just continued to ignore those comments. Then one day I got so curious I just asked them what it meant, and I was a little surprised at what it meant. When they told me “trolling” was when you just messed or patronized someone for the sole intention of pissing them off. I tried to figure out the how that word came to mean that, but it seemed that there was not real logic behind the word. And my brothers and friends had no idea either, and just used the word because it was common discourse among gamers. Since I am not a gamer, I obviously would never understand their discourse.
Trolling reminds me of another method of trying to get a response from someone: satire. Satire was probably the original “troll”, and it just shows how powerful satire or “trolling” truly is. Satire works because usually the concept is so outrageously ridiculous that it begs a reaction from the targeted audience. The same concept applies to “trolling”. When I see some of the “trolling” my friends or brothers do; it is actually quite humorous. It’s humorous because it takes wit to “troll” someone well, and it become even funnier when the other person takes it too seriously. I find it ridiculous that some people react to trolling so negatively and seriously. It’s like they don’t get the idea that the person is trolling them on purpose.