Rage Against the Trolls

Context: Trolls Aren’t Like the Rest of Us

I do wonder if the adversarial and tribal biases that so readily percolate through (for instance, but not only) online social networks have a tendency to reflexively cultivate and incentivise a bundle of pathological personality traits. In this sense, the technologically-mediated self-propagation of inflammatory and provocative narrative becomes the stochastic transmission medium of its own sustainable continuity.

There are no simple solutions when engaging the natural orientation of dynamical (communication) systems towards such symmetries of entropic self-replication but I suspect that if anyone ever comprehensively solves this problem of trolls and trolling it will also be a good start towards disentangling the irredeemable mess that is political partisanship and ideological conflict.

One (related) suggestion is that the proliferation of inflammatory narratives is a function of their optimisation for self-replication. This requires reassessing language and subjectivity in potentially unpalatable ways.

If the information system of language optimally self-propagates as a function of its compound failures to communicate, what might that say of aggressive personalities and autocrats that leverage this endemic bias?

More context (from before the current European war): War is coming: Mysterious TikTok videos are scaring Sweden’s children

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