Troll studies: resources on trolling, vandalism, incivility online [updated Sept. 2015]

This is part of my ongoing research in the field of troll studies. Follow the hashtag #trollstudies on Twitter, or click here for a selection of my videos, articles, and interviews about trolling (French and English).

Peer reviewed articles, conference proceedings, and dissertations

Anderson, Ashley A., Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele, Michael A. Xenos, & Peter Ladwig (2014) The “Nasty Effect:” Online Incivility and Risk Perceptions of Emerging Technologies. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19 (3): 373‑387.

Bakioğlu, Burcu S. (2012). Negotiating governance in virtual worlds: grief play, hacktivism, and LeakOps in Second Life®. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 18(4): 237‑59.

Bellanger, Aurélien (2013) Le trolling politique : Comment une pratique du web 2.0 s’est-elle immiscée dans le débat et l’arène politique ?. Master 1 dissertation, Science Politique, Université de Montpellier, France.

Bernstein, Michael S., Andrés Monroy-Hernandez, & Drew Harry (2011) 4chan and /b/: An Analysis of Anonymity and Ephemerality in a Large Online Community. Proceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.

Bishop, Jonathan (2014). Representations of ‘trolls’ in mass media communication: A review of media-texts and moral panics relating to ‘internet trolling’. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 10(1): 7‑24.

Bishop, Jonathan (2013) The art of trolling law enforcement: a review and model for implementing ‘flame trolling’ legislation enacted in Great Britain (1981–2012). International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 27 (3): 301‑318.

Boyd, Michael S. (2014) (New) participatory framework on YouTube? Commenter interaction in US political speeches. Journal of Pragmatics. Online first.

Buckels, Erin E., Trapnell, Paul D. & Delroy L. Paulhu (2014) Trolls just want to have fun, Personality and Individual Differences. Personality and Individual Differences, Online first.

Burroughs, Benjamin (2013) FCJ-165 Obama Trolling: Memes, Salutes and an Agonistic Politics in the 2012 Presidential Election FibreCulture Journal. “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Cheng, Justin, Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil Christian & Jure Leskovec (2015) Antisocial Behavior in Online Discussion Communities,  Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI ICWSM).

Coe, Kevin, Kenski, Kate & Stephen A. Rains (2014) Online and Uncivil? Patterns and Determinants of Incivility in Newspaper Website Comments. Journal of Communication, 64(4): 658–679.

Coleman, E. Gabriella (2012) Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls: The Politics of Transgression and Spectacle. In Mandiberg, M. (ed.). The Social Media Reader, New York: New York University Press.

Dalton, Eric J. (2013) Impoliteness in Computer Mediated Communication. Master of Arts in Linguistics Thesis, San Diego State University.

De Seta, Gabriele (2013) FCJ-167 Spraying, fishing, looking for trouble: The Chinese Internet and a critical perspective on the concept of trolling. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Donath, Judith S. (1999) Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community. In: Kollock, P. and Smith M. (eds). Communities in Cyberspace, London: Routledge.

Fuller, Glen, Christian McCrea, & Jason Wilson (2013) Troll Theory?, FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Gershon, Ilana (2014) Publish and Be Damned: New Media Publics and Neoliberal Risk. Ethnography, 15(1): 70‑87.

Golumbia, David (2013) Commercial Trolling: Social Media and the Corporate Deformation of Democracy, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) – Department of English.

Hardaker, Claire (2013) “Uh. . . . not to be nitpicky…but…the past tense of drag is dragged, not drug.” An overview of trolling strategies. Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, 1(1): 58–86.

Hardaker, Claire (2010). Trolling in asynchronous computer-mediated communication: From user discussions to academic definitions, Journal of Politeness Research. Language, Behaviour, Culture, 6(2): 215–242.

Herring, Susan, Job-Sluder, Kirk, Scheckler, Rebecca & Sasha Barab (2002) Searching for Safety Online: Managing “Trolling” in a Feminist Forum. The Information Society, 18(5): 371‑384.

Herwig, Jana (2011) The Archive as the Repertoire. Mediated and Embodied Practice on Imageboard In Friesinger, G.,  Grenzfurthner, J., Ballhausen, T. (eds.) Mind and Matter. Comparative Approaches Toward Complexity. Bielefeld: transcript.

Higgin, Tanner (2013) FCJ-159 /b/lack up: What Trolls Can Teach Us About Race. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Holmes, Steve (2013) FCJ-160 Politics is Serious Business: Jacques Rancière, Griefing, and the Re-Partitioning of the (Non)Sensical. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Jane, Emma A. (2014) Beyond Antifandom: Cheerleading, Textual Hate and New Media Ethics. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(2): 175‑190.

Jarvenpaa, Sirkka L., & Ann Majchrzak (2010). Research Commentary–Vigilant Interaction in Knowledge Collaboration: Challenges of Online User Participation Under Ambivalence ». Information Systems Research, 21(4): 773‑84.

Karppi, Tero (2013) FCJ-166 ‘Change name to No One. Like people’s status’ Facebook Trolling and Managing Online Personas. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Kirman, Ben, Lineham, Conor & Shaun Lawson (2012). Exploring Mischief and Mayhem in Social Computing or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trolls ». CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York: 121‑30.

Knuttila, Lee (2011) User Unknown: 4chan, Anonymity and Contingency. First Monday, 16(10).

Krappitz, Stefan (2012) Troll Culture: A Comprehensive Guide, Diplomarbeit, Neue Medien, Merz Akademie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart.

 Lamba, Herman, Malik, Momin M. & Jürgen Pfeffer (2015) A Tempest in a Teacup? Analyzing Firestorms on Twitter, ASONAM Proceedings.

Lampe, Cliff, Zube, Paul, Lee, Jusil, Park, Chul Hyun, & Erik Johnston (2014) Crowdsourcing civility: A natural experiment examining the effects of distributed moderation in online forums. Government Information Quarterly, 31(2): 317‑326.

Leaver, Tama (2013) FCJ-163 Olympic Trolls: Mainstream Memes and Digital Discord?. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Cheng, Justin, Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cristian & Jure Lescovec (2015) Antisocial Behavior in Online Discussion Communities, AAAI ICWSM, 2015.

Lu, Shuang-shuang. (2010) A Tentative Study of the Impoliteness Phenomenon in Computer-mediated Communication. Cross-Cultural Communication, 6(1): 92‑107.

MacKinnon, Rebecca, et Ethan Zuckerman (2012) Don’t Feed the Trolls. Index on Censorship, 41(4): 14‑24.

Manivannan, Vyshali (2013) FCJ-158 Tits or GTFO: The logics of misogyny on 4chan’s Random – /b/. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Marwick, Alice & Nicole B. Ellison (2012) “There Isn”t Wifi in Heaven!’ Negotiating Visibility on Facebook Memorial Pages. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56(3): 378‑400.

McCosker, Anthony (2013) FCJ-161 Productive Provocations: Vitriolic Media, Spaces of Protest and Agonistic Outrage in the 2011 England Riots. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

McCosker, Anthony (2014) Trolling as Provocation: YouTube’s Agonistic Publics. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 20(2): 201‑217.

Miller, Vincent (2012) A Crisis of Presence: On-line Culture and Being in the World. Space and Polity, 16 (3): 265‑285.

Milner, Ryan M. (2013) FCJ-156 Hacking the Social: Internet Memes, Identity Antagonism, and the Logic of Lulz. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Mocanu, Delia, Rossi, Luca, Zhang, Qian, Karsai, Marton, & Walter Quattrociocchi (2014) Collective attention in the age of (mis)information. arXiv, 1403.3344.

Morrissey, Lochlan (2010). Trolling is a art: Towards a schematic classification of intention in internet trolling. Griffith Working Papers in Pragmatics and Intercultural Communications, 3(2): 75-82.

Ortega, F. Javier, Troyano, José A. Cruz, Fermín L., Vallejo, Carlos G. & Fernando Enríquez (2012). Propagation of Trust and Distrust for the Detection of Trolls in a Social Network. Computer Networks, 56(12): 2884‑2895.

Pearce, Katy, & Adnan Hajizada (2014) No Laughing Matter Humor as a Means of Dissent in the Digital Era: The Case of Authoritarian Azerbaijan. Demokratizatsiya, 22(1): 67‑85.

Phillips, Whitney (2011) LOLing at Tragedy: Facebook Trolls, Memorial Pages and Resistance to Grief Online. First Monday, 16 (12).

Phillips, Whitney (2011) Meet the Trolls. Index on Censorship, 40(2): 68‑76.

Phillips, Whitney (2013) The House That Fox Built Anonymous, Spectacle, and Cycles of Amplification. Television & New Media, 14(6): 494‑509.

Phillips, Whitney (2015) This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Cambridge. Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture, MA: MIT Press.

Reagle, Joseph M. (2015) Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Shachaf, Pnina, & Noriko Hara (2010) Beyond Vandalism: Wikipedia Trolls. Journal of Information Science, 36(3) : 357‑370.

Shaw, Frances (2013) FCJ-157 Still ‘Searching for Safety Online’: collective strategies and discursive resistance to trolling and harassment in a feminist network. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Thacker, Scott, & Mark D. Griffiths (2012) An exploratory study of trolling in online video gaming. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 2(4), 17-33.

Tkacz, Nathaniel (2013) FCJ-154 Trolls, Peers and the Diagram of Collaboration, FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Whelan, Andrew (2013) FCJ-155 EVEN WITH CRUISE CONTROL YOU STILL HAVE TO STEER: defining trolling to get things done. FibreCulture Journal, “Trolls and The Negative Space of the Internet”, 22.

Younus, Arjumand, Qureshi, M. Atif, Saeed, Muhammad, Touheed, Nasir, O’Riordan, Colm & Gabriella Pasi (2014). Election Trolling: Analyzing Sentiment in Tweets During Pakistan Elections 2013. Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web Companion: 411‑412.

My seminar at the London School of Economics confirmed

So my seminar on pro-ana websites at the Institute of Social Psychology of the London School of Economics will not be canceled, despite the ash cloud. European airspace reopened, and everything’s cool. But let me tell you: I would never have skipped a seminar because of that. Because being a devoted academic means laughing in the face of volcanoes! Ah!!! Think Pliny the Elder! No… not a good example (he actually died in the eruption). Forget about Pliny then! Here’s a short presentation of what I’m going to talk about. See you there at 4 PM.



L'addiction aux jeux vidéo : trouble psychologique ou construction sociale ?

Dans un précédent billet de Bodyspacesociety, je m’interrogeais sur la notion d’addiction informatique à l’occasion de la parution dans Cyberpsychology & Behavior d’un article remettant en cause 10 ans d’études dans ce domaine. Quand elle est appliquée aux jeux vidéo, la notion de dépendance aux usages informatiques devient encore plus intéressante – et encore plus discutable. Que les jeux vidéo entraînent chez le joueur des comportements au caractère répétitif et compulsif, comparables à ceux des consommateurs de substances psychoactives, reste une question ouverte. Les chercheurs et les thérapeutes qui se penchent sur cette question se confrontent à un objet à multiples entrées, difficile, évanescent, qui demande un véritable dialogue entre les disciplines.


Internet addiction: an unconvincing notion

“I thought I was addicted to Internet chatting. Turns out I was addicted to the person I was chatting with” (I.K., 27, female, loc. unknown)

Internet addiction is a hot topic in the scientific community (if you want evidence, here‘s a database containing a huge amount of articles published on it, between 1996 and 2006).

Internet addiction is a slippery topic, too. Definitions are vague, diagnostic tools are not standardised, negative consequences are questionable – can I really talk about social withdrawal if I spend 18 hours a day exchanging emails and IMing with my friends online? Most of all, Internet addiction has become kind of an unconvincing notion since ubiquitous computing has rendered the Internet just about as pervasive as – say – running water. Of course, my quality of life would decrease dramatically if I had to live without taking showers or washing my dishes. But can I say I am addicted to running water?

An effective way of curing Shower Addiction

An effective way of curing Shower Addiction

The same goes with the Internet. If I, for one, had to give up Google and word-processing, I would give up writing altogether. And that would be a major catastrophe. Can I say, in all sincerity, that I am addicted to Google? Or that I am, more likely, addicted to writing?