Stop using the word ‘trolling’ when you mean harassment and abuse

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The internet has created a unique vocabulary, but we’ve stretched some of these new words beyond their limits and “trolling” should be the first to go.

For most people, “trolling” still refers to a form of online pranking — a provocation in search of a response. Witness people endlessly tweeting the retailer ASOS over a pair of ridiculously long jeans or the Amazon reviews of the “Make America Great Again” Christmas ornament.

Most of all, the word “trolling” demands that you not take anything seriously on the internet. But we’ve become rhetorically lazy, and there is plenty to be serious about. …

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Via: Mashable: Tech

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