Project Description

While research on online trolling has focused mostly on vandalism, satire and ideological trolls are as popular. Unlike malevolent trolls that provoke their target maliciously, satire trolls express extreme views (particularly on issues related to identity such as gender, sexuality, nationality, or race) pseudo-sincerely in order to expose the ridiculousness in a community. This project will focus on global trolling, focusing on non-state-sponsored ideological satire trolls. Students will collaborate in collecting data from social media platforms, analyze the data using qualitative methods, focusing on comparing troll behaviors across national boundaries.

Technology or Computational Component

Students will be collecting data from social media platforms, cleaning the data, and analyzing the data. Training in Nvivo, software for qualitative data analysis, will be provided.