FORGE is delighted to announce a talk by our upcoming internal speaker: Marton Petyko (Linguistics & English Language). Details of his talk are below:
The motives attributed to the assumed trolls on three Hungarian left-wing political blogs
Although trolling has become a subject of increasing academic interest in the past 10-15 years, it has several aspects that have not been studied extensively yet. This talk attempts to contribute to the academic study of three under-researched aspects of trolling, namely (1) trolling in online informal political discourse, (2) trolling in non-English computer-mediated interactions and (3) the assumed motives attributed to trolls. I will discuss the results of a corpus-assisted case study that aimed to identify the motives that participants explicitly attribute to those whom they call trolls in 178 comment threads, consisting of 55,276 comments on three prominent Hungarian left-wing political blogs, B1, Örülünk, Vincent? and Varánusz. Thus, the paper is concerned with the assumed motives that participants attribute to the supposed trolls and not with the actual reasons for trolling in these online interactions. First, I will present four motives that the participants repeatedly attribute to the assumed trolls in the examined comment threads. Then, I will discuss how these assumed motives affect the way participants discursively portray the alleged trolls and depict perceived trolling in the investigated computer-mediated interactions.
TIME & PLACE
1200-1300, Mon 12th Dec, County South B89
All are welcome to attend.