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Sea lioning

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Sea lioning (also spelled sealioning and sea-lioning) is a type of Internet trolling which consists of bad-faith requests for evidence, or repeated questions, the purpose of which is not clarification or elucidation, but rather an attempt to derail a discussion or to wear down the patience of one's opponent. The troll who uses this tactic also uses fake civility and feigns offense so as to discredit their target.[1][2][3][4] The term arises from a 2014 edition of the webcomic Wondermark, where a character expresses an unsubstantiated dislike of sea lions and a passing sea lion repeatedly asks the character to explain.[5][6][7]


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  2. Rambukanna, Nathan (December 2015). "FCJ-194 From #RaceFail to #Ferguson: The Digital Intimacies of Race-Activist Hashtag Publics". The Fibreculture Journal (26): 160–189. doi:10.15307/fcj.26.194.2015.
  3. Davis, Lauren (2015-01-02). "10 Comics That Shut Down Terrible Internet Arguments". io9. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  4. "Anita Sarkeesian's Guide to Internetting While Female". Marie Claire. 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  5. Rickman, Dina (2014-09-29). "This comic is the most apt description of Twitter you'll ever see". The Independent. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  6. Maxwell, Kerry (2015-10-06). "Definition of Sea lion". Macmillian Dictionary. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  7. Poland, Bailey (November 2016). Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 144–145. ISBN 978-1-61234-766-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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