Anorak | Media cluster trolls, Allison Pearson and old-fashioned hate

Media cluster trolls, Allison Pearson and old-fashioned hate

by | 9th, April 2012

IT’S ages since I last thought of Allison Pearson, once of the  Daily Mail  parish, now ventriloquising for the middle-class mutes of the  Daily Telegraph . She re-entered my head with the horrible news that she had fallen victim to the troll virus. Some dreadful person-reader had unleashed the fruitcakes of Twitter upon her good name and exposed her to words yet to be recognised by Wikipedia. One of them, with a ‘gynaecological’ connotation! Allison opined eloquently against trolls read her piece  here .

The business of trolling ie conducting a targeted and persistent campaign of threatening abuse reminded me of a piece Allison wrote in her  Mail  column in March 2008 about  Fiona MacKeown . You may recall that Fiona’s daughter, British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling, was raped and murdered in Goa it was largely thanks to Fiona’s tenacity the case ever got to trial. Allison, among others, though I am sure privately empathetic, publicly used this tragic event to reproach Fiona for being a selfish hippy. Fiona had not bought into Allison’s addiction to workaholic conformist angst otherwise known as bourgeois life and so was now deserving of the kicking Allison happily gave her as editor Paul Dacre pulled yet another one of his theatrical faces.

Was this piece the work of a troll? Not in the current sense. We tend to think of trolls as sad singletons holed up in

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