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According to a series of papers published this year however, a staggering proportion of people are really quite terrible at identifying the difference between genuine news, misinformation and outright trolling. The researchers are concerned that what begins as a harmless hoax can form the foundations for full-blown conspiracy theories. This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at research that suggests satire regularly flies over the heads of its intended audience: five years ago a paper was published that suggested many conservative viewers of the Colbert Report believe that “Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said.”
Separate emotion from intuition. “One of the most powerful misconceptions about intuition is that intuition is based on emotion, and it’s not,” says Wright. To ensure your decisions are coming from your intuition and not emotion, check in and ask yourself if you’re feeling afraid, anxious, worried or stressed out. If you are, take a step back and re-evaluate. If you aren’t, you know it’s your intuition speaking to you.
In this context, then, there were two things at play when the “Dallas patient” arrived in Texas, and two things that precipitated the media circus: Duncan’s “otherness” — his distinction from normal Americans as an African— and the introduction of this otherness into our immaculate country. Had he remained in Liberia, he would have become yet another faceless victim. Had he looked like Writebol and Brantly, he would never have been subjected to the same kind of fear-mongering. Duncan, however, did neither of these things, and that’s precisely why the media honed in to the degree it has.
Gamergate is now a self-sustaining machine because it is fueled by reactionary rage and deception, existing now only to defend itself against criticism of “gamers.” It’s not really accurate to call Gamergate’s militants “gamers” because, as Leigh Alexander rightly observed, gamer is basically a meaningless term that could describe basically any modern consumer. The problem for Gamergate’s “gamers” is that video games no longer exist purely to sate the gaze of galvanic young men eager to defend their sacrosanct right to beat virtual prostitutes to death as if they were righteous neck-stabbing defenders of the Alamo.”‘Gamer’ isn’t just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use,” Alexander wrote. “Gamers are over. That’s why they’re so mad.”
Flight attendants have flown enough to know that turbulence-related injuries can occur but are uncommon. Unger advises buckling up and riding it out. “Turbulence is like going down a bumpy road,” she says. “If you’re in your seatbelt, you’re not in danger.”
Une fois la tornade de critiques lancée, l’idiot s’est empressé de supprimer son tweet et de se confondre en excuses et autres messages de sympathie envers la communauté juive mais le mal était fait. La bêtise humaine et le pouvoir des réseaux sociaux s’étaient déjà ligués pour donner un cocktail infâme qu’on aimerait ne jamais voir, mais qui malheureusement revient beaucoup trop souvent à nos oreilles, notamment en ce moment…
It’s very easy to poke fun at anonymous individuals on the internet, but the list of “mainstream” news agencies The Onion has fooled is extensive. Fox News reported that President Obama sent a rambling 127 page long email to the nation, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported Iranian president Ahmadinejad was more popular among rural white Americans than Obama, and China’s Communist Party newspaper reported Kim Jong Un was voted the “Sexiest Man Alive.” Two Bangladeshi newspapers even reported that Neil Armstrong held a press conference in which he admitted the moon landings were a hoax.
Sitting at your desk trying to hammer out a solution won’t allow your intuition to turn on while stepping away from communication devices, getting out of the office and doing something that has nothing to do with work can help you hone in on your powers of intuition. Albert Einstein once said he got his best ideas while sailing, while Steve Jobs was known to take long walks when stuck on a problem. “Your intuition is going to speak to you when your mind is relaxed,” says Wright.
Whenever you’re networking, you want to make sure that you get contact information to follow up. The best way to do this is to hand out your business card early. It’s a common understanding that once you get a business card you return the favor. This is a great way to ensure that if your conversation gets interrupted, you can keep developing the relationship. It also shows a great deal when you are the one to start the exchange. Again, it’ll make you seem more open, and overtime will lead to an impressive Rolodex. One way to ensure that business cards are exchanged is to hand over the card right after an introduction. In networking, it pays off to be the one who leads the engagement. No matter how bad you think you are, when you’re not scared to make the first moves, you’ll look like a pro.
Once you introduce yourself and find out more about the person, start thinking about people you can connect them with. It doesn’t matter how important your connection is, all that matters is that it might be helpful. When you do this, you show the person you’re speaking with that you’re willing to help. This will allow them to put their guard down, and probably look to a way to reciprocate the favor. An important part in this step is that you follow through on the promise of the introduction. Most people say they’ll help connect you, and then don’t follow through. Make sure you write down all the promises you made to people while networking. Once they see you actually kept your word, your reputation will go way up in their eyes.
The enemy of the Gamergate supporter is the so-called “social justice warrior,” which is a pejorative commonly used to describe basically anyone who feels empathy — a trait that sickens narcissists who believe that listening to another human being and taking their feelings seriously is a form of defeat. It’s difficult to read any thread on Gamergate without finding its supporters accosting their enemies with accusations of SJW loyalism, even though it’s essentially an insult in the form of: “look at you, caring about other people!”
Sadly, life for women online period may be better the less visible they are. As long as you’re being heard by a lot of people, or a bunch of guys happen think you’re attractive, you could be easily made a target by people who are willing to harass and hurt you, and then remind you that it was all your fault: If you didn’t want your nude photos leaked, you shouldn’t have taken them. You shouldn’t use iCloud. If I were you, I would have leaked them myself to get ahead of it.
The environmental cost of food waste goes further than just methane emissions. Producing food is a costly affair for the environment—an estimated one third of global carbon emissions come from agriculture—but it’s one society pays to feed itself.
But there’s another less apparent problem with food waste: the threat to the environment. Landfills full of decomposing food release methane, which is said to be at least 20 times more lethal a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. And America’s landfills are full of food—organic waste is the second largest contributor to the country’s landfills. Those same landfills are the single largest producer of methane emissions in the United States—they produce almost a quarter of the country’s total methane emissions, according to the NRDC.
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The level of food waste suggests that curbing hunger isn’t a matter of producing more food so much as better preserving and distributing the food currently being produced. As the United Nations noted in its report on world hunger last week, there is actually enough food to feed all seven billion people living in the world today.
But what disturbed me even more than the epilepsy forum attack itself were the comments about it afterwards (I won’t link to it, but you can search for it on Wired). “I lol’d” “That’s awful, but you gotta admit… hilarious!” Once again, high-fives all around. This is the world we have created.
As any parent of a two-year old can tell you, ignoring the child usually leads to escalation. Cry harder, scream louder, and in the most desperate scenarios, become destructive. Anything to get the attention they crave. Simply moving on is not an option for the haters once you’ve been labeled a Koolaid server and/or a rich source of lulz. Ignore them, and the trolls cry harder, scream louder, and become destructive.
After the GQ story came out, the one where weev “justified” the harassment of me by introducing the DMCA fiction, I asked him about it on Twitter. “Where, seriously, where exactly did I ever issue a DMCA?” His answer? Oh, right, he didn’t have an answer. Because it didn’t happen. But see? he doesn’t have to. He’s already launched the Kathy-does-DMCA-takedowns meme. Evidence not required. For that matter, common sense not required.
How? By unleashing a mind virus guaranteed to push emotional buttons for your real, NOT-troll audience. In my specific case, it was my alleged threat to a free and open internet. “She issued DMCA takedowns for sites that criticized her.” Yes, that one even made it’s way into a GQ magazine article not long ago, when the writer Sanjiv Bhattacharya interviewed weev and asked about — get this — the “ethics” of doxxing me. Weev’s explanation was just one more leveling up in my discredit/disinfo program: DMCA takedowns. I had, apparently, issued DMCA takedowns.
I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed.
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