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L.A.-based artist Matthew LaPenta is back at it again with his Facebook-trolling art, but this time he’s brought it directly to the source: posting up on the social media giant’s campus. In an homage to Orwell’s 1984 character, LaPenta has dedicated his latest piece to Facebook founder and fluent speaker of Chinese Mark Zuckerberg by […]

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A new study proved that “internet trolls” are just as terrible offline as they are online. The study focused on online harassment behavior as it could be traced to personality characteristics in “real life.” Slate gave us a run down of the characteristics the researchers were measuring: The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the […]

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In a riveting new profile of Russia’s pro-government trolls, Max Seddon explains the details of Kremlin’s newest campaign to adjust the world’s view of Putin Country. According to strategy documents leaked by “a mysterious Russian hacker collective,” a firm called Internet Research Agency employs a small army of English-speakers to diligently troll major websites. These trolls go […]

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“Come at me faggots.” That’s how 19-year-old Mary Bond invited 4chan’s infamous /b/ board to join in an insightful critique of her art project autodissociate.me. “Been a long time since good camgirl thread,” an anonymous poster replied. This might seem like a pretty sad way to start a conversation, but it’s just par for the course […]

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Have you heard of “Good Part of Town?” Formerly known as, wait for it, “Ghetto Tracker,” the terrible, terrible, terrible site hopes to “help you determine which parts of town are safe and which parts are not” by crowdsourcing information about the relative safeness of a city’s neighborhoods. Much has already been made about how […]

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Here’s the perfect way to retaliate against the NSA for all that privacy they’ve been violating lately: “Operation: Troll the NSA,” a campaign that’s asking anyone who cares to send the same buzzword-laced but ultimately innocuous email at the same time this Wednesday. To participate, simply copy and paste the pre-written text into an email […]

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Aw, poor Boston police. They joined the force in search of excitement and danger, hoping to save the city from the perils of crime — just like the cops on TV! But what do you do if you’re protecting and serving an affluent, relatively tame college town? Go after those damn kids playing basement shows, […]

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If you think “don’t feed the trolls” is always the right answer, that might just mean you haven’t been trolled hard enough. Ill Doctrine is a video blog on music, politics and culture, launched in 2007 by Jay Smooth. We will be premiering two episodes a week on ANIMAL. Older episodes can be found at […]

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New York legislators are trying to effectively outlaw all anonymous comments online. This is a bad idea for a bunch of reasons. Ill Doctrine is a video blog on music, politics and culture, launched in 2007 by Jay Smooth. We will be premiering two episodes a week on ANIMAL. Older episodes can be found at […]

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