It’s not that these trolls are explicitly there to cause further grief and abuse; rather, they understand they are breaking a social norm by disrespecting a person after death, and find enjoyment in how others react to the rift they have created. Technically, we don’t need to respect the dead as intensely as we do — after all, they’re dead, and probably don’t know what’s going on— but there is a weakness in ourselves in doing so.
Trolls And Beasts; Or, “Calling it ‘trolling’ is stupid and harmful.”
Victoria Rose

Okay, so trolling serves as a form of non-productive form of social critique embedded within a self-centered paradigm of play. It seems like people would still count the actions of the RIP trolls as abuse (either legally or morally); I’m curious what the response of this theory would be to something like that. Does it require a narrower theory of abuse that stems from personal animus or Other-directed motivation (whereas the troll would be less directed toward individuals and more toward the structures behind them)?

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