The Long Troll

Trolls. They're everywhere. Or at least 2015 has seen trolling elevated to a higher plane—not just pe


December 12 · Issue #5 · View online
A periodic look into research threads on critical futures, strategy, post-normal innovation, providing a look over the shoulder of the team at Changeist. Each issue includes brief analysis, links, updates, and occasional auditory hallucinations.

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theatres now dance to the troll’s tune—the American presidential race is now a full-on conflict between a handful of outdated, reality-based institutions and trolls bossing the Nakatomi spaces between fractured social, technological and economic realities.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!

What We've Been Up To
2016 Summer Course in Innovation and Future Thinking | IED Barcelona - Design School
Weekly Topic
Russia Is a "Troll State," Not a Rogue State
The Year Of The Troll
Chubb to offer UK ‘troll insurance’ policy
Who's investigating fake Chinese goods? Fake investigators
Why the internet is putting rubber ducks on heads of Isil fighters - Telegraph
Mock mass shooting, dildos, LARPing Redditors keep Austin weird this weekend - Houston Chronicle
People for the Ethical Treatment of Reinforcement Learners
The Mystery of Craig Wright and Bitcoin Isn't Solved Yet
The Network
HOLO 2 – Magazine about emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology / @holomagazine
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