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
1 July 2013

Taking a short break from blogging

I will be taking a two week break from blogging from today. I will be leaving for France for a two week holiday and decided that unless something earth shattering happens while I am on holiday, I would rather not publish hastily written pieces just to provide content for the Blog. Thanks to all the loyal readers and feisty participants for keeping me on my toes over the past several years. I will be back in two weeks, hopefully rejuvenated and inspired. As we say in Afrikaans: “Dis totsiens, maar nie vaarwel.” 

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