October 22nd, 2012

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Troll lol lol...

Is it me, or has the word "troll" started to mean rather different things to what it used to mean? I mean, I've been online now for something like...16 years, and I'm sure that back in "the day", to be an internet troll meant to fill message boards, newsgroups, etc., with utter rubbish that had nothing to do with what the message board/newsgroup was actually about, coupled with a tendency not to engage in any actual conversation with the other folks on the message board/newsgroup.

Nowadays, it seems to be taking on two separate meanings (which as far as I can tell are unconnected to a.) each other and b.) the original meaning); on some boards, it seems to be a shorthand for, "I disagree with you," and in some discussions it seems to be synonymous with cyberbullying.

Has anyone else noticed this?
Blake's 7 - logo

A bit of a blast from the past.

I suspect it doesn't really matter to the vast majority of people that BBC is shelving Ceefax. It's a bit of a relic nowadays, in this age of Twitter, Facebook, and, heck, the world wide web, which conveys information far better than Ceefax (and you don't get that thing of accidentally missing out on page 4 of 11 and having to wait for the other 10 pages to cycle round again just so you can see it...).

But nevertheless, this is a bit of serious nostalgia...

(And I can't wait to be able to watch it on a machine with sound...)

And there's even a subtitled screenshot from an episode of Blake's 7. Fannish yay!