This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture
MIT Press
  • erschienen am 2. September 2016
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 256 Seiten
978-0-262-52987-7 (ISBN)
Why the troll problem is actually a culture problem: how online trolling fits comfortably within today's media landscape.
  • Englisch
  • Cambridge
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  • USA
MIT Press Ltd
  • Broschur/Paperback
12 figures; 12 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Höhe: 224 mm
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  • Breite: 146 mm
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  • Dicke: 19 mm
  • 332 gr
978-0-262-52987-7 (9780262529877)
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Whitney Phillips is a Lecturer in the Department of Communications at Humboldt State University.
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things is a terrific introduction to the world of trolling, exploring how trolls put on figurative masks (or literal masks in the case of online anonymity) and generate lulz from those they encounter. As a former competitive debater in high school and college, I'm dismayed by the violence done to my beloved art of rhetorical controversy. Score some lulz for the trolls, I guess. Highly recommended.

-Curtis Frye, Technology and Society Book Reviews This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things is a strong introductory text on the historical and cultural aspects of trolling, and it offers numerous insights into the logics and ideologies that undergird it. This timely work also opens up an opportunity for much-needed dialogue about the ethico-political implications of online antagonism.


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