A Brief History of Internet Trolls: Adam "Ape Lad" Koford.

A True Historic BBtv Mockumentary on the origin and hating habits of the common Internet Troll, illustrated and narrated by Adam "Ape Lad" Koford. Credits for Creative Commons-licensed video and photos used in this ep, after the jump.


by photogirl7 The troll with the car
by Yodel Anecdotal The Yahoo! M45 Team
by yrocq Troll en pied 1
by zaphodsotherhead Star Trek Convention Binghamton William Shatner 2003
Dennis Knake Trolle im Netzcopy
by ewen and donabel Need more monitors...
by michaelkpate Orlando Comic Book Convention 007
by michaelkpate Orlando Comic Book Convention 033
by niral Me and an Ewok chillin'
by paper or plastic Star Trek Convention 106
by ewen and donabel Need more monitors....
by greggoconnell Kneel Before Star Wars
by Anna Bialkowska A troll
by Paul Mannix Sphinx and pyramid, Giza, Egypt
by Bruno Girin The Pyramids at Giza, near Cairo
by Mike Licht Washington Crossing the Delaware Near the Toll Bridge, after Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
by Dennis Knake Trolle im Netz


Night of Counting the Years
Producer Shadi Abd Al-Salam

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.
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11 Responses to A Brief History of Internet Trolls: Adam "Ape Lad" Koford.

  1. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    I love that, especially the opening statement:

    “I consider Meself something of a Genius. It’s my Mission in Life to deflate Egos and put people in their proper Place. In spite of how Intelligent they think they are.”

    Brilliant. I’ve never seen the worldview of trolls described more concisely.

  2. Takuan says:

    did you catch my cameo?

  3. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    No, darn it! Which one were you?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just as an interesting side note: those LOL Cats comics? Fundamentally, the whole LOL Cat meme came from 4chan, which is the troll Mecca.

  5. Crunchbird says:

    Teresa, there was a page of BoingBoing comments as one of the visuals … how could it be possible that Takuan’s name wouldn’t show up on it?

  6. Fnarf says:

    Did they mention the greatest troll of all time, snopes’s usenet message saying that “everyone knows light can’t travel in a vacuum” back in c.1994? That one darn near broke the internet, as I recall.

  7. MOONBAT says:

    Hs ths gy dn nythng n hs lf tht wsn’t ) rp-ff, b) pndrng, r c) flr?

    Th gy s txtbk scndhndr.

  8. MOONBAT says:

    Hs ths gy dn nythng n hs lf tht wsn’t ) rp-ff, b) pndrng, r c) flr?

    Th gy s txtbk scndhndr.

    By tht mn, f yn Rnd hd ncldd n vl crtnst chrctr n tls Shrggd, hs nm wld b p Ld nd h wld rd n th cttls f mr pplr rtsts.

    Jhn Glt. Wht trll, hh?

  9. MOONBAT says:

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  10. mightymouse1584 says:

    TE|\|TH p0st!!

  11. Xydexx says:

    I was disappointed he left out the part about trolls being used as landfill during this nation’s great highway-building era of the 1950s. There is archival footage in Library of Congress which shows trolls getting run over by highway pavers and other large-scale industrial equipment, which is very important.

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