My dissertation examines the ways trolling in digital publics allows us to think differently about traditional rhetorical notions of dialectical deliberation, agency, invention, and judgment.  Focusing primarily on trolling on and through social media, my project traces the significant changes and ethical challenges that have emerged in online spaces.  While online trolling was once confined to discrete and localized platforms, comment sections, and newsgroups, making trolling an unfortunate aspect of our online lives distinct from our offline lives, the rise of social media has since blurred the lines between our online and offline lives, circulating effects beyond the screen.  In many ways, rhetorical scholarship has yet to fully address these changes and the problems this presents.  My project intervenes in this gap in order to better understand our current situation while also taking the opportunity to revise particular rhetorical concepts to better reflect our contemporary circumstances.