Lulz over “Lulz”

It is always funny to see kids get the better of a journalist. This Sunday’s New York Times article The Trolls Among Us has at least one hilarious example.

“Lulz” is how trolls keep score. A corruption of “LOL” or “laugh out loud,” “lulz” means the joy of disrupting another’s emotional equilibrium. “Lulz is watching someone lose their mind at their computer 2,000 miles away while you chat with friends and laugh,” said one ex-troll who, like many people I contacted, refused to disclose his legal identity.

Another troll explained the lulz as a quasi-thermodynamic exchange between the sensitive and the cruel: “You look for someone who is full of it, a real blowhard. Then you exploit their insecurities to get an insane amount of drama, laughs and lulz. Rules would be simple: 1. Do whatever it takes to get lulz. 2. Make sure the lulz is widely distributed. This will allow for more lulz to be made. 3. The game is never over until all the lulz have been had.”

Ohhhh…. so THAT is what “lulz” means. What ever happened to fact-checking? What major lulz to see a NYT reporter PWNED like Ted Stevens at a tech convention.


8 Responses to Lulz over “Lulz”

  1. Craig Coulombe says:

    Reminds me of the “Lexicon of Grunge” prank the kids at SubPop Records pulled on the NYT in 1993.

  2. Gideon says:

    You’ll find some good lols and lulz here:

    There’s another better site too, but I can’t remember the URL.

  3. janetblank says:

    OMG, I was totally going to the Lexicon of Grunge place. And the best thing about that incident was that when some indie publication broke the story of how the NYT had been scammed, the NYT threw a shit-fit and demanded that the “lie” be retracted. That’s some serious lulz.

  4. Launching Trolls Into The Sun says:

    Lulz is what’s left when all the humor has been sucked out of a joke.

    If you lulz, you lose.

  5. r.// says:

    the great thing is that those rules for lulz are lulz themselves

  6. Troll Baby says:

    Why don’t sharks eat lawyurz?

    (Say this with NY Brooklyn accent – mob talk)
    “Professional Courtesy.”

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