The article, Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World, was both equally disturbing as it was hilarious. As a Reddit user (more of a reader than a contributor), I am no stranger to trolling. After reading this article, it was clear to me, especially after reading their quote, ‘”We do it for the lulz,”’ that the Patriotic Nigras are high level trolls. However, they are on a much different level than the trolls who try to piss off a few Reddit readers by posting annoying or instigating comments. These are intelligent programmers who are using shock tactics (such as the infamous ‘goatse’ image) to piss off a bunch of Second Life users.

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(taken from:  http://danlives.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/10-reasons-you-may-be-hiring-the-wrong-people/)

The Patriotic Nigras, first off, is a troll name in itself, mostly due to the irony and the seemingly racist connotations. Their style is very reminiscent of the old 4Chan users, who were notorious for their griever/trolling tactics. 4Chan is known for being the cesspool of the Internet. Due to the complete anonymity of the website, users are notorious for being extremely racist, narcissistic, derogatory, and cruel. Many 4Chan users would form coalitions and occasionally raid other websites (such as 9Gag or Reddit) and crash servers, post disturbing or shocking images, etc. simply because it was, ‘”…for the lulz,”’. It honestly would not surprise me if many of the 150 or more Patriotic Nigras were once, or currently still are, 4Chan users.

In one of my other classes, Mediated Communications, we learned about an infamous Internet troll known as violentacrez. Violentacrez was known for posting, among other things, violent/disturbing images as well as borderline illegal images of young teenage girls via his own subreddit r/jailbait. After reading this article, I immediately compared the Patriotic Nigras to Violentacrez.

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It really made me wonder what drives these people to be such mean people on the Internet. My best guess is that due to the anonymity of the Internet, as much as it sparks creativity and unity, it also creates chaos and disorder. Some people I suppose, “just want to watch the world burn.” The Internet has very few laws that are very hard to enforce, and some people seem to jump at the opportunity to exploit this. Just as some like to find asylum in online games such as WoW and Second Life where they can be anybody they want to be, some users decide to become the antithesis of this and become trolls. They are the Yin to Yang, the darkness to light, the chaos to order. The Internet needs trolls to obtain equilibrium, to maintain balance.

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