Aleks Krotoski interview: The social psychologist on being a troll, artificial intelligence and baking …

I found it liberating to be an internet troll until I got my comeuppance The first time I went into an internet chatroom was in 1996. I pretended to be a boy and I found it freeing. I thought, “Oh wow, no one knows who I am.” I was saying stupid things and picking on certain people, but I was just thinking about how I could say whatever I wanted. But the community took the wind out of my sails and no one responded to me any more, and that was my lesson learnt. Anonymity is essential in life to try on different identities and explore different aspects of ourselves, but if you use that anonymity to attack someone, there can be a lot of repercussions. The internet is just…


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