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Troll Hunting: Inside the world of online hate and its human fallout

Troll Hunting: Inside the world of online hate and its human fallout

Topical and gripping, Troll Hunting is an extraordinary first-person investigation of a disturbing new online reality that goes well beyond cyberbullying

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ISBN 9781743794357
Barcode 9781743794357
Published 1 February 2019 by Hardie Grant Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gorman, Ginger
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ISBN-13 9781743794357
ISBN-10 1743794355
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hardie Grant Books
Imprint Hardie Grant Books
Publication Date 1 February 2019
International Publication Date 16 April 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gorman, Ginger
Category Media Studies
Social Issues
Impact Of Computing & IT On Society
Australian
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 390g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 302.231
Catalogue Code 964398

Description of this Book

In 2013, journalist Ginger Gorman was trolled online. She received scores of hateful tweets, including a death threat. A picture of Ginger heavily pregnant alongside her husband and two-and-half year old daughter appeared on a fascist website. Understandably she was terrified, but once the attack subsided, she found herself curious. Who were these trolls? How and why did they coordinate such an attack? And how does someone fight back against a troll? Over the next five years Gorman spoke to psychologists, trolling victims, law enforcement, academics and, most importantly, the trolls themselves, embedding herself into their online communities and their psyches in ways she had never anticipated. What she discovered was both profoundly shocking and fascinating. Syndicates of highly organised predator trolls across the globe systematically set out to disrupt and disturb. Some want to highlight the media's alleged left-wing bias, some want to bring down capitalism, and some just want to have fun. Even if it means destroying someone's life... An intense and compelling read, Troll Hunting is an important window into not just the mindset and motivation of trolls, but the history of this kind of aberrant behaviour. Ginger Gorman has gained unprecedented access to trolls, even formed strange and enduring relationships with them, and her comprehensive investigation into what makes them tick has given us a brilliant book that is impossible to put down.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'The best researched, most comprehensive work on trolling I've seen in years.' -- Emma Grey Ellis * Wired * Written with the authority of impeccable research, Ginger Gorman's compelling book takes us deep inside the often sad, sometimes mad, and always bad world of trolling. And she never lets us forget that we are all members of the society that has created the phenomenon of trolling. So, in the end, this is a book about us all. - Hugh Mackay 'the best researched, most comprehensive work on trolling I've seen in years.' - Emma Grey Ellis for WIRED

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Author's Bio

Ginger Gorman is an award-winning journalist based in Canberra, Australia. In 2017 her series of articles on trolling for Fairfax newspapers went viral and became one of most read stories of the year.

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