Quote of the week

Trolls are also distinguished from their predecessors by seeming not to recognise any limits. Ridicule is an anti-social force: it tends to make people clam up and stop talking. So there is a point at which, if conversation and community are to continue, the joke has to stop, and the victim be let in on the laughter. Trolls, though, form a community precisely around the extension of their transgressive sadism beyond the limits of their offline personas. That the community consists almost entirely of people with no identifying characteristics – ‘anons’ – is part of the point. It is as if the laughter of the individual troll were secondary; the primary goal is to sustain the pleasure of the anonymous collective.

Richard Seymour
London Review of Books
27 February 2013

Invitation: Justice Zak Yacoob delivers Claude Leon Human Rights Lecture

 Invitation – All Welcome

The Dean of Law, Professor P.J. Schwikkard, takes pleasure in inviting you to the annual Claude Leon Constitutional Governance lecture to be given by:

Retired Constitutional Court Justice, the Hon. Mr Justice Yacoob

“Freedom of expression versus Democracy?”

Date: Thursday 14 March 2013

Time: 18:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT

RSVP: Rene on tel. 021 650 3072 or via e-mail Rene.Francke@uct.ac.za

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