The motives attributed to trolls in metapragmatic comments on three Hungarian left-wing political blogs

Petyko, Marton (2018) The motives attributed to trolls in metapragmatic comments on three Hungarian left-wing political blogs. Pragmatics, 28 (3). pp. 391-416. ISSN 1018-2101

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Abstract

This paper investigates the linguistically marked motives that participants attribute to those they call trolls in 178 comment threads of three Hungarian left-wing political blogs. It is also concerned with how frequently these motives are mentioned and how they contribute to the discursive construction of trolling and trolls. Another goal of the paper is to examine whether the mainly emotional motives ascribed to trolls in the academic literature correspond with those that the participants attribute to the alleged trolls in the threads. The paper identifies five motives for trolling: emotional reasons, financial gain, political beliefs, being employed by Fidesz or the Hungarian government, and unspecified political affiliation. Depending on these motives, trolling and trolls are constructed in various ways. Furthermore, by suggesting that Fidesz or the Hungarian government employs trolls, the posters discursively construct Fidesz as an autocratic and corrupt state party that tries to manipulate the public.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Pragmatics
Additional Information:
This article has been accepted for publication in Pragmatics, Volume 28, Issue 3, 2018, pages: 391-416 © 2018 John Benjamins, the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3310
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ID Code:
128049
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Deposited On:
05 Oct 2018 10:24
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Yes
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Published
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23 Sep 2020 04:39