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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories ...

Trolling, and Other Problematic Social Media Practices
Trolling, and other problematic social media practices
Gabriele de Seta
I, troll

Ever since I started regularly accessing the Internet on my first personal computer in the late nineties, I've engaged in practices that today would be alternately called ‘trolling', ‘flaming', ‘cyber-bullying', ‘online harassment', ‘social media abuse', and so on. I was fourteen years old, and I had finally convinced my parents to buy me a rather expensive Pentium III desktop computer so that I could play StarCraft: Brood War with some friends. The real-time strategy videogame had just come out, and sparring online with clan-mates from all around Italy was my favorite activity, monopolizing a large chunk of my time out of school. ...

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