It turns out that
New research in the obscure of "social interaction"
has uncovered considerable data pointing to the
startling conclusion that sometimes people make
J C) KES are a highly nuanced form of communication with the intent
of delivering a sensation of humor to either the joke teller or the joke receiver (usually
both}. They are similar to trolling in that both forms of communication work indirectly, with
the intended meaning of the message contained somewhere besides the literal, surface
meaning of the string of words in the message, but distinct from trolling in that the primary
intent is usually not antagonistic or incendiary.
When you go posting on forums, carry this new knowledge with you. It will prove its usefulness
in discerning the intended meanings of others' messages soon enough. Anytime you see a
post that angers you, instead of jumping to conclusions, ask yourself,
Was this poster 'joking"?"
Sometimes, the answer may surprise you!
Now that you are aware of the existence and prevalence injokes, you will probably start
noticing them all over the place, even in many posts you previously thought were trolls!
You may start seeing the world and its inhabitants in a much better light, now that you
are beginning to realize that
In fact, some people just want to make you laugh! When you encounter a situation like
this, allow it to affect your patterns of response; maybe this time you will tell them that
their joke was funny, or build upon it by playing along, instead of insulting them or
telling them they are not a good troll!