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A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can’t Contain Myself

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can't Contain Myself

Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab have created a research site that quantifies the emotional content of GIFs, and they hope that one day soon it will enable them to translate Shakespeare into GIF-speak. Travis Rich and Kevin Hu launched GIFGIF on March 3, and it’s a whole lot of fun. It’s so much fun, in fact, that it’s attracted an average 15,000 users per day so far, who are each asked upon visiting the homepage to choose which of two GIFs better expresses a certain emotion. Keep reading »

“I Am The King Of Trolls”: An Actual Troll (We Think) Responds To My 18 Sincere Questions For Internet Trolls

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Last week, I crowd-sourced questions from my coworkers and friends and wrote a silly post called “18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls.” I’ve dealt with trolls and other unsavory types just about everywhere that I have an Internet presence and I thought I’d muse out loud about some of the stuff I’ve always wondered about them. Questions like “Do you own a fedora?” were intended to be tongue-in-cheek. And yet over the weekend, emails began filling my inbox from self-described trolls answering all 18 questions. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.

One of these self-described trolls wrote a fairly in-depth response that was disturbing, fascinating and (seemingly) candid. He wrote about bullying he faced at school, his favorite target for trolling (Bible thumpers) and his thoughts on whether he is a narcissist and sociopath. He has agreed to let us publish under the condition of anonymity.

Of course I cannot — as they say at actual news outlets — “independently confirm” that this person is actually a troll. Instead of honest reflections from the trolling underbelly, he could be spewing total horsehit and may well be trolling us with these responses. There’s no way to really fact-check trolldom, so take these answers with a grain of salt. (But personally, given the mostly untroll-like answers to these questions, I’m inclined to believe this troll is more real than fake.)

After the jump, his responses, republished with permission and wholly unedited: Keep reading »

18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls

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Who amongst us was surprised when the results of a recent survey found that Internet trolls are actually psychopaths and sadists? Canadian researchers applied personality inventories to Internet commenting styles and found that trolls are just as fucked-up as we thought, i.e. more likely than other people to show signs of sadism (deriving pleasure from hurting others), psychopathy, and Machiavellianism (disregard for how your immoral behavior affects others).  I am surprised that narcissistic personality disorder didn’t crop up in there, too, but perhaps it can’t be diagnosed over an Internet survey.

xoJane explained as much in their recent essay, “I Was Friends With An Internet Troll,” about a woman who befriended troll and later came to regret it.  “[A]ll I saw materialize was a really sad dude, a man who was drunk more often than not, and always in the middle of an argument,” wrote author Bree Davies. “This is the picture of an Internet troll in real life: an unhappy, substance-abusing, violent, unemployed liar with no friends. I know this isn’t the story of every Internet troll, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the story of many of them.” Indeed. Keep reading »

Surprise, Surprise: Internet Trolls Are Actually Sadists

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Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge the anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »
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  • Internet trolls really are complete sadists, which explains so much. A new study, aptly titled “Trolls Just Want To Have Fun,” details the findings. Good to know all the strangers who call us “fat” and “stupid” don’t deserve another thought. [TimeScience Direct, CNN]
  • Why do TED and its spinoff TEDwomen refuse to do talks about abortion? [The Nation]
  • A record number women are marrying men who are less educated than them. Eeek! [Newser]
  • Yes, older women are having sex. What a concept! [USA Today, Reuters] Keep reading »

Woman Reveals The Batshit Insane & Hateful Anonymous Comments She Receives On Tumblr

  • Lindsay Bottos is a 21-year-old student who posts a lot of selfies on Tumblr. In this new project, which she has shared on Buzzfeed, Lindsay posts actual cruel, slut-shaming and even violent anonymous comments that she receives on Tumblr. It’s really fucking disgusting (and not uncommon for women who post pics on the internet). [BuzzFeed]
  • Maryland’s state legislature is considering a bill that would require colleges in the state to administer a survey on sexual violence every three years and to report the findings to the state’s Higher Education Commission. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Oops: Porn Filters Are Also Blocking Sex Ed Advice

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  • Research has shown that online filters, which seek to keep pornography and other age-inappropriate content hidden from children, are also blocking out totally legitimate sexual education advice. And probably a lot of chicken breast recipes, I’d assume. [Telegraph UK]
  • The Toast blogger Mallory Ortberg has the best response to Ani DiFranco’s sorry-not-sorry apology about her now-canceled songwriting retreat at a former plantation. [The Toast]
  • Don’t get too excited about the new Pope: he appears to have ex-communicated an Australian priest for being supportive of the LGBTQ community and believing in women’s ordination. [TIME] Keep reading »

This Guy Is Asking The Interwebs For Help Finding His Missing Crush

So, once upon a time, a boy from New Zealand got lost in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve and met a girl from America: ”I was just walking around and admiring the lights and found this girl just crying on the side of the road … I went and tried to help her out. She was lost. She’d lost all her friends.”

After the boy cheered her up with his “undeniably bad sense of humor,” he took her out for drinks, and she eventually found her friends again. At 6 a.m., the party ended and she left.

However, before she took off, she dropped a romantic comedy-style bomb on the dude. Leaving the boy with her name, her hometown (Washington, D.C.), and her picture, she challenged him to “find her.” And off she went. Keep reading »

This Contest Has Named Britain’s Horniest Student And I Feel Weird About It

Shag At Uni, “the UK’s naughtiest student hook-up site,” has named a winner in their contest to find Britain’s Horniest Student. Twenty-year-old Elina Desaine is a computer science student at the University of Exeter and is so horny she’s unsure of how many people she’s slept with, or of many of their names. She keeps track of her partners by writing a list with notes about who they are, like “French guy” or “third year.” Elina was born in Latvia and sometimes refers to herself as “Slutvian” or “Sexeter.” A self-proclaimed modern-day feminist, Elina says she is “just having fun” and that “all my friends are the same – we are all just up for having a great time and going out … [College] life is three years to be wild before it starts settling down and it really flies by.” Keep reading »

RIP Society: Yelp Reviewers Sue Because They Are “Unpaid Writers”

My Online Detox
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Winona goes on a technology cleanse. Read More »
If The Internet Was A Party
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... this is how different web sites would behave. Read More »
Troll Apologizes
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... for calling professor a "slut" after threat to warn his mother. Read More »

Plenty of people write Internet comments, especially if they found a dead fly in their guacamole. But some Yelp reviewers want payment for their “writing,” which they claim is integral to the site’s success. A California class action lawsuit filed by a group of reviewers says they are actually unpaid employees. Yelp is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, they claim, because the site “could not exist, nor make its enormous returns, without its domination and control over non-wage writers.” They even call the site a “slave ship.” Seriously?  Keep reading »

Here Are The Surprising New Findings From Pew’s Study About Online Dating — In GIFs!

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Online dating is not for the faint of heart. That much I can tell you from personal experience. From the guy who called his own mother a “slut” to the guy who picked a fight with me on our second date, it truly was a wild ride and I’m glad not to be kissing any more Mr. Toads.  You need anecdotal horror stories about online dating, I’m your girl.

But what about the data-driven side of finding wuv online?

Well, the Pew Research Center released a new report today on public attitudes towards online dating and relationships. It asked almost 2,252 ages 18 and up their opinions on Internet romance, comparing many of their questions with the results of past studies. The good news is that online dating is getting increasingly more accepted by society? The bad news?  It’s still dating.  Blech.

Here are some of the surprising new findings from Pew’s study, presented in GIFs! Keep reading »

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