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'Sealioning' Is A Common Trolling Tactic On Social Media--What Is It?

Forbes article on social media 'sealioning' tactics cites BKC Affiliate Amy Johnson's essay, The Multiple Harms of Sea Lions: 

"Rhetorically, sealioning fuses persistent questioning—often about basic information, information on easily found elsewhere, or unrelated or tangential points—with a loudly-insisted-upon commitment to reasonable debate. It disguises itself as a sincere attempt to learn and communicate. Sealioning thus works both to exhaust a target’s patience, attention, and communicative effort, and to portray the target as unreasonable. While the questions of the “sea lion” may seem innocent, they’re intended maliciously and have harmful consequences."


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