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This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture

By Whitney Phillips
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This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture by Whitney Phillips

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2015) explores the subculture of trolling: where it came from, who does it, why they do it and what exactly it is they do. The book examines the blurred line between a malicious online attack and revealing social commentary, and shows how trolling and mainstream culture have come to form a close bond.

  • Victims of internet trolling
  • Critics of traditional media
  • Anyone interested in internet subcultures

Whitney Phillips earned her PhD in communications at the University of Washington; This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things is a revised version of her dissertation. Her findings on trolling have appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American, NYMag, The Atlantic, VICE and The New York Times.

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