My friend Simon Hammer asked my opinion:
Trolling is both fun recreation and an emotional outlet for those who feel disenfranchised, frustrated and angry. It is a cowardly form of bullying that can be camouflaged as intellectual discourse and condescending humor or excused as the exercise of 1st Amendment rights. Rarely is it productive. It should remain where it belongs.... on AM radio and Fox News.
The Wiki describes trolling this way:
"While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels , with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions and outside of an online context. For example, mass media has used troll to describe "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families."
People on the autism spectrum are like you and I. In fact, they areyou and I because autism/asperger's is simply a label describing a set of behaviors that all people exhibit, albeit more subtly. Did you feel insecure in high school? Were you ever bullied or made fun of? Did the humor in a conversation ever go right over your head? If so, did it make you a troll?
Perhaps Aspergians suffer more frequently or deeply than you or I but there aren't more of them trolling the Internet than kids raised in emotionally abusive homes or who endured sexual and physical abuse without benefit of satisfactory resolution. The odds are that the kid wearing Goth clothing and sporting 20 body piercings is Aspergian. He/she needs a friend. The one with a Nazi tattoo or toting an assault rifle? He's not Aspergian. He just needs a mental health professional.