Trolls. They’re everywhere. Or at least 2015 has seen trolling elevated to a higher plane—not just pestering you on Facebook, driving people off Twitter or making comment threads toxic wastelands. Geo/techno/socio-political trolling is becoming a new normal. Discussions of laws, borders and institutions as effective boundaries for trolls seem quaint. Commonly accepted frames of reality are not only not troll-proof, they are appetizing dares to the Reality Troll. Stretch goals, if you will.
This theme is one that is of great interest to the group here, not only as part of our participation in the (currently on vacation) Cross-quadrant Working Group
, but as a lens for day-to-day analysis of world events. And we’re not alone. August think tanks are now taking seeing the world through the filter of the epic troll. Security and defense need to take the troll into account as a force on both networks and the battlefield. Global economic markets must react and respond to the troll. Various national political theatres now dance to the troll’s tune—the American presidential race is now a full-on conflict between a handful of outdated, reality-based institutions and trolls bossing the Nakatomi spaces between fractured social, technological and economic realities.
We don’t just live in filter bubbles. Increasingly, we don’t inhabit the same realities. Wheee!