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Weaponized Irony: A Roundtable on Trolling and Politics
Goerzen: Poe’s Law is the idea that in highly mediated communications environments the
difference between a sincere and parodic expression is essentially null. If the recipient of the message can’t meaningfully parse the intentions of the communicator due to a lack of context or good faith, it favors a sort of pre-emptive ironic detachment, else you get trolled. And I think Trump’s team has weaponised Poe’s Law very effectively.

Segal: In the “The Concept of Irony,” Paul de Man talks about Schlegel’s definition of irony as a permanent parabasis. Parabasis is the moment in the play when the actors pause and the chorus directly addresses or insults the audience, which is very trollish itself. But Schlegel also talks about irony pointing to a kind of authentic speech that’s pure chaos, nonsense, darkness. I don’t know if he said “darkness,” I might be editorializing.

Bettridge: That’s interesting, because the Internet atmosphere of trolling is a space that has a complete detachment from real life, and therefore an inherent ironic detachment.

Segal: It’s post-ironic, though. There’s nothing to detach from.

Goerzen: Definitely, but there is also a latent desire to connect and communicate.

Segal: Yes, that’s important because it makes you feel like a community exists — a community that gets you cashing in your lulz.

Bettridge: I also think it’s worth arguing that trolling is in an extreme but inherent part of a wider ironic condition. For example, everyone hate-watched “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” until it became the most popular show.

Segal: I didn’t hate-watch it. I loved Kim. I wanted to see her. But I think trolling can also be like suspending the moment where you have decided whether you’re hate-watching or love-watching — leaving it undecidable until someone else responds.

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Goerzen: I think that’s also super interesting in relation to “Kek,” the imageboard deity personified by Pepe. Imageboard culture is highly anonymous, so memes like Pepe function both as a collective body, intermediating feeling between participants, and also as a site of memorialization, encoding values and narratives. In order to participate in the process of meme-making and iteration, one needs to become fluent in it as both a vocabulary and a history. And so the participating subject needs to speak through a particular emergent lingua franca, using the shibboleths of the community. So these memes in a way become the central figures of the community. The values they convey become the values of the community in aggregate. Chans also have an interesting numerological component that has emerged over time. Each post is numbered and has a special weight given to the content of posts that have “dubs” and “trips” digits in them. And the significance goes up as the number of repeating numbers grows. Tellingly, a post that I believe was 7777777777 predicted Donald Trump’s victory — and it had a Pepe figure attached to it.

Denny: Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Goerzen: So this mythology then emerged that Pepe was actually the manifestation of an Egyptian god named Kek — “Kek” being a derivative of “Lol.” The god Kek is frog-headed and an agent of chaos. The coincidences were so great that they started seeing themselves as emissaries of a chaotic god that had sprung up and chosen them as acolytes, therefore believing that “meme magic is real,” and so forth.

Denny: And that sentiment is so strong.

Goerzen: Certainly people only half-believe this, but participate in it because it is intoxicating and fascinating. But they also clearly do believe in it at least a little bit. And it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy in a way, because the more power ascribed to Pepe, the more power Pepe exercises.

Segal: Pepe is a “hypersigil” of 4chan’s desire to elect Trump — sigils being symbols that get created and animated with people’s wishes, then go off to do their own thing in the universe.

Bettridge: Do you guys think the description of Trump as a troll himself is accurate?

Segal: This question makes me want to lie down on the rug and put something over my eyes.

Goerzen: I mean, just the other day, Sean Spicer retweeted an Onion article that claimed his job was to tell lies for Trump. And he said, “Nailed it.” And so then you have commentators literally spending their entire day trying to determine whether he knew what the article said, whether he was a buffoon, whether he was acknowledging something, etc. And suddenly you have all these people wasting their time trying to parse out intention and significance from a single tweet. Classic trolling.

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Bettridge: Considering this — and Poe’s Law — what would you say that “counter-trolling” could look like? It is possible?

Goerzen: Well, there’s that old adage “don’t feed the trolls.” If they aim at a sort of derailment, a distraction from more important concerns, then ignoring them is probably the best bet.

Denny: But you can’t ignore the president.

Goerzen: The idea of a trolling arms race is interesting.

Denny: But that would suggest that trolling is not an activity that inherently contains a right wing bias.

Segal: I don’t think the people in this conversation think that trolling is inherently right wing, do we? It just happens to be very much in service of the right wing.

Denny: And right wing ideas seem to click with it much better than some other ideas.

Goerzen: Just a decade ago, a lot of trolling was based around speaking truth to power.

Denny: That’s certainly where I developed my admiration for it as a practice.

Segal: Anything that exposes the wildness of language can get too wild. But without some of that exposure or exploitation, we’d be lost. No poetry.

Bettridge: But I find it curious — or shocking — that this chaotic disposition towards language would land most of these trolls in the same place. A right wing place.

Goerzen: I think this is a subcultural phenomenon, where a certain community has elevated trolling as not only a tactic, but also as their raison d’être — where they celebrate lulz above all.

Bettridge: But I think that trolling is a negative disposition towards mainstream understandings and ethics that extends beyond the practice of trolling itself. This is why some people who aren’t even bona fide trolls took pleasure in watching Trump, especially in the Republican primary — because he wasn’t “politically correct” and he was making career politicians like Jeb Bush look like robots.

Goerzen: It’s interesting to consider whether trolling is a tactic that is most effective against an ordered system — whether that is a system ordered by ethics, regulations, rules, norms, whatever. But then the question becomes whether trolling itself is becoming or can constitute an ordered system of its own.

Bettridge: That’s THE question, especially in light of what this administration is doing.

Goerzen: This memetic, subcultural development implies an ordering. And I think certain clever political operatives have discovered how to both do their own trolling and direct the existing troll subculture as a tool. The other day I spoke with Rand Waltzman, the former head of DARPA’s SMISC (Social Media in Strategic Communications) program and he called this use of trolling a “cognitive denial of service attack” essentially designed to jam up information channels so no effective debate could proceed.

Bettridge: The thing is, when trolling becomes power, it becomes serious. It is no longer ironic. It is probably no longer even “trolling.”

Goerzen: Something that is lost in in the way trolling is now understood is the idea of fishing. But this is more like shining a flashlight so the fish gather, and then dropping a grenade.

Segal: Lol.

Denny: Seriously lol.

Bettridge: Maybe that’s a good place to end.
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