The Difference Between “Gaslighting” and “Trolling”

A taxonomy of internet mindfuckery.

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In our socially and politically fraught culture, social media has become a “place” packed with pseudo-psychoanalysis and finger-pointing. Over the past year or so, amid all the digital turbulence and battles of wits, I’ve witnessed the terms “gaslighter” and “troll” surge in usage to criticize different harmful…