Obvious troll is obvious? Maybe not…
Last year, I got turned on to Jonathan Bishop – a polymath of sorts in law, psychology, etc. His biggest contribution to the world had been a genre theory of internet trolls. This theory, however, has become the source of much, well, trolling on his site. I think the guy below, posing as a smart bystander, is actually a troll. Jonathan may have forgotten one major type of troll that I would introduce here, based on the claims of a particular troll himself:
The ALPHA_OMEGA troll (Omega for short) takes on a God like stance, in which he commands an entire cosmology. It is difficult, if not impossible, to tell if they do actually command the cosmos, but they sure do believe they do. And, as a commander of the web cosmos, this individual can take on multiple forms of the body troll-otic– Flame, e-venger, self deprecating, etc. Finally, the ALPHA_OMEGA troll attempts to have both the first and last word in a communication, as evinced by the comment thread on Bishop’s web page. The conversation, so the ALPHA_OMEGA troll states, starts and ends with him. He brings the cosmos into being by ‘flaming’, and then brings it to an end by attempting the semblance of a logical argument.
I think that this troll genre would be a welcomed addition to Mr. Bishop’s genre theory of trolling (and maybe he’ll check out my blog while he’s here?!).