I am convinced that Sarah Palin was spawned as a Youtube comment, and has taken the art of trolling the public to the national stage. For those of you who don’t know, wikipedia defines trolling as, “In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.” It is often associated with this image (see below)
For instance, trolls will join Star Wars communities and insist that Spock was the best Jedi ever. Or they will join Mormon communities and ask which type of detergent gets the best blood stains out of the sacred underwear. Locally, they join the Bellingham Herald and tell everyone that everything is a result of “The McShane Machine!!” The idea is the more offensive, the more you stir people up, the more you succeed. I am pretty convinced that this was Paris Hilton’s strategy towards being a celebrity. Take an idea (the clueless blonde bimbo who is famous) amp it up to eleven and run with it. Suddenly she is landing all sorts of endorsement deals and is a household name. The more stupid things she said, the more famous she became.
I am almost tempted to put Sarah Palin in this catagory. With her speech about being subject to “blood libel” right after the first Jewish representative from Arizona is shot on the surface seems either a) an incredible callous oversight or b) an intentionally provocative move. She is trolling the American media and public. The more crazy stuff she says and does, the more books she sells, the more appearances on Fox she books and the more people watch her reality show.
Next time you read a comment from her ask yourself, does this sound like the most ridiculous offensive thing someone could have said?