John Suler, 2001 - The Disinhibition Effect
Communicating online removes visual cues (i.e. facial expressions), and makes conversations abstract and anchorless.
Side note: Personality traits are accentuated online - people are less constraint by real life social norms and societal expectations.
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Flamers insult and create tension for fun. Posts are usually well written, clever, biting and subtle. Commandment 12 of Flaming:
Flamers want to push boundaries and have their efforts read and appraised.
Trolls intentionally make spelling and grammer mistakes and wait for someone to insult their writing to lock them into an argument. Trolls:
Trollers themselves see trolling as a culture, a way of thinking - part act, part science. It's a problem that has existed since the birth of the Internet.
"There was nothing special about the brains of the moderns; it was their trade networks that made the difference – their collective brains"
We owe our progress as a species to the advent of trade which drove all the innovations.
In competitive markets, it pays to have (and to cultivate) eccentric tastes, it doesn’t always pay to be logical if everyone else is also being logical. Logic may be a good way to defend and explain a decision, but it is not always a good way to reach one. This is because conventional logic is a straightforward mental process that is equally available to all and will therefore get you to the same place as everyone else. But when choosing things in scarce supply it pays to be eccentric.
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