Relevant detail: “Offensive and derogatory discourse is so frequent and wide-ranging that one either leaves offended or gives into an ironic detachment that sees race, gender, and sexuality as comedic fodder” (Higgin, 21). I thought this quote stood out to me among the rest of this article, including the second article. What I find so interesting is that Higgins conveys the truth, (at least I believe so), in a simple sentence explaining the internets affect on it’s users who come into contact with offensive material. The viewer will either be disgusted with the behavior and not be a part of it, or join in on the roleplaying ridicule of being a human being (such as race, gender, ect). I believe this was a true portrayal of what the average user will come in contact with and what choices they’ll be forced to make. A question that comes to mind is, is there a psychological factor that makes a person want to take up this obscure behavior online?
Discussion Question: How can we identify who the people are who will end up ‘trolling’ certain groups online, is there some factor that makes people want to partake in this behavior, or not partake?