Watch the video below. Discuss the questions that follow.
"Disinhibition" means the opposite of feeling held back or constrained by something. When you're "disinhibited," you feel more free or able to do something. What does Alice Marwick mean when she says people can feel "disinhibited" online?
Do you think that trolling is a reflection of our society? What can we stand to learn from trolls?
In another TEDx Talk presentation, Whitney Phillips points out that trolls and news outlets are similar: They both stir up controversy and exploit tragedy for personal gain. For news outlets, that means making money off tragic news stories and sparking debate. For trolls, it's personal "lolz" or laughs. What do you think about this comparison?
Andy Sellars says, "Anytime you give anyone the ability to speak, there's always a chance that they can abuse that ability." How do you determine when someone is abusing that ability? Is the right to abuse part of having the right of freedom of speech?
A common topic of debate is: Can the Internet facilitate people acting more cruelly online than they would offline? Or has cruel behavior always existed offline, with the Internet only making it more visible?
How do you monitor your own online behavior? What kind of internal compass guides your actions? When or how does it get difficult to self-regulate?