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December 26, 2007

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In general, one should first consult Wikipedia:

><http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll> Troll (Internet) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Concern troll

>A concern troll is a pseudonym created by a user whose point of view is opposed to the one that the user's sockpuppet claims to hold. The concern troll posts in web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group's actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed "concerns"...

Perry Bacon assumes the POV of somebody watching Obama trying to deal with those who are spreading the rumors. Perry Bacon never acknowledges that the main effect of his story is to further spread the rumors. It's the false assumption of a POV that does not correspond to the author's real intentions or the articles major effects that makes it "concern." It's the fact that the article is intended to and has the effect of spreading misinformation, confusion, and disorder that makes it "troll."

To simplify it: as I understand the term, it refers to someone pretending to be a liberal, posting on a liberal blog, but expressing worry that his fellows are going too far and alienating the center. Such persons might have their counterparts on the right, but I generally don't read that crap. ┬┐Verdad?

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