Posts tagged with ‘dark’

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    Link: Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People

    Science!

    “The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).

    “It is hard to underplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.”

    Related: Woman jailed for trolling HERSELF

    Sock Puppetry

    One can take heart, as pointed out in the Slate article:

    “To be sure, only 5.6 percent of survey respondents actually specified that they enjoyed ‘trolling.’ By contrast, 41.3 percent of Internet users were ‘non-commenters,’ meaning they didn’t like engaging online at all. So trolls are, as has often been suspected, a minority of online commenters, and an even smaller minority of overall Internet users.”

  • Darkness on the Edge of Town by Jon Armstrong for blurbomat.com. Looking west across the Salt Lake Valley at a hazy midwinter sunset.. Copyright/credit: Jon Armstrong.
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    Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Midwinter sunset over a smoggy Salt Lake Valley, some local media weather graphics and a Star Wars reference in the…

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    Lestat Rising

    This one was not taken with any notion of vampires or goths or the supernatural. And then I wiggled some…

  • None More Black, a silhouette cathedral in midtown Manhattan by Jon Armstrong for blurbomat.com.
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    None More Black

    From the whirlwind New York trip a couple of weeks ago. Or whenever the hell that was. I amped the…

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