Trolling and the Orders and Disorders of Communication in ‘Disinformation Society’

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Theorising Media and Conflict., 2020, 10, pp. 137-157
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Trolling is a standard part of the patterns of communication, especially political communication, in information society. It is ‘normal’ rather than evidence of individual pathology, or online disinhibition, and stems from issues of framing, gaining acknowledgement, structures of communication, politicisation of information and from exemplification in other media. These factors are investigated through a consideration of the trolling against Australian Media personality Charlotte Dawson, with the events followed through different media and through the political usage of those events and their context. Information society seems more accurately to be called (dis)information society.
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