'If you fight fire with fire, everyone burns': how to catch a troll like Trump
Trolling experts offer tactics for dealing with ‘the world’s most effective button-pusher’, like meeting tantrums with facts
On a crowded field, a new troll has established himself as the undisputed master of the art. To most people he’s repugnant, but to his peers he’s a formidable exemplar of a set of skills that have come to flourish in the era of online bile, useful only to those whose primary aim is destructive and reductive. He knows exactly the kind of incendiary comment that will bait his prey. And when the inevitable reaction comes, he basks in the reflected glory of his acolytes piling on, and turning a conversation into a battlefield. In so doing, he kills off any hope of a reasoned discussion, ensuring that name-calling, provocation and blatant hate take its place. This might not be good for the standards of public discourse, but it’s good for his ego – and it distracts from his ignorance.
Expert though he is, the new king differs from his predecessors in important ways. Usually trolls operate below the line; this one stands at a podium. Usually their ambitions are petty, but this one wants to be president of the United States. Usually trolls are anonymous, but everyone knows this one’s name. It’s Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s candidacy may be unprecedented, but he is unlikely to be the last candidate to employ a troll’s tactics in the pursuit of power. If there is one thing the experts in online communities agree on, it’s that trolling is a persistent problem with no simple solution. Like crime, terrorism or pandemic diseases, once introduced into a community, trolls will always return. “Politics doesn’t have the antibodies we’ve developed online to deal with trolls,” says Powazek. Perhaps a resounding Trump defeat in November can inoculate us against a bigger surge of troll candidates in the future, but many worry it will be too late.
...the of the few big proven problems of Troll's like Trump, is that you have to determine how unpredictable they are!
...the more they cannot "trust" Trump, the more problematic he could become! And to give this type of things of unpredictability a try, has never happened ever in the USA!
...And when nothing has happened before in Politics and Government and it is not of a good nature, why even give it a try?