Few people will deny that the Internet represents maximum potential with maximum convenience. With just the touch of a button, this technological marvel gives people the opportunity to demonstrate their full productive potential. Unfortunately, despite all the productivity that the Internet allows, and encourages, people to achieve, the Internet is not without its generous share of ne’er-do-wells. Rather than using the Internet for constructive and productive purposes, these individuals take to the Internet with more destructive and malicious intentions. This phenomenon has been given the rather appropriate names of “trolling” and “cyberbullying”.
While trolling and cyberbullying share many characteristics, there are some differences that set the two apart. Trolling refers to any online behavior that is meant to intentionally anger or frustrate someone else. The act of trolling is usually indiscriminate; the instigator simply wants to provoke as many people as possible into reacting angrily. This is not the case with cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a form of online harassment carried out against a single individual in a deliberately hostile manner, with definitively malicious intentions. Both of these acts are considered a form of bullying and can have lasting negative effects on their victims. In recent years, people have become more aware of the issues caused by trolling and cyberbullying and are beginning to take preventative action. How do you think trolling/cyberbullying affects online communication?