For those of you familiar with Bitcoin, you’ve probably been following the recent reports and rumors surrounding the Mt. Gox exchange pretty closely. For those of you that haven’t, here is a quick rundown:
Mt. Gox is a Japan-based exchange for the digital currency known as Bitcoin. Starting back on February 7th, their exchange started to refuse withdrawals, and soon after things began getting worse. Supposedly, a large amount of the coins have been lost in a theft, and the price of their coin has gone from almost $830 all the way down to $135.
With the possible collapse of Mt. Gox, many users of the digital currency have been left worried, but others say that the Bitcoin will keep on surviving. With the CEO of Mt. Gox saying that they “are currently at a turning point for the business” and not saying much else, and 6% of all Bitcoin in circulation now lost and now in the possession of “nobody knows”, it’s understandable to see why it has some people very bothered.
Before all you Trolly McTrollersons out there proudly start to tell people that you’re members of the Dark Tetrad, we should probably talk briefly about what that is. The Dark Tetrad is a grouping of personality disorders where an individual manifests signs of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism. In other words, probably not something you should actually be proud of.
A new study titled “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun” from the University of Manitoba Psychology Department explains how internet trolls find the anonymity of the internet safe for their sadistic pleasures and that, at one point or another, this behavior can and will most likely carry out into everyday life as well, though not to the extreme that some online trolls can take it. From the study’s abstract:
In two online studies (total N = 1215), respondents completed personality inventories and a survey of their Internet commenting styles. Overall, strong positive associations emerged among online commenting frequency, trolling enjoyment, and troll identity, pointing to a common construct underlying the measures. Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.
So, this is just confirmation about what we’ve known all along. Internet trolls are sick people who need psychological help. It begs the question that with things becoming less and less anonymous on the internet, how are these individuals going to react when they no longer have the freedom to just type awful and derailing comments anonymously? Will they act out or take it further and start harassing people in real life to get their kicks? Probably.
I hate internet trolls.
Marlon Wayans has officially launched a FunnyorDie-esque comedy site Whatthefunny that “engages and entertains the under-served urban demo.”
Some of the videos are FREAKING HILARIOUS!! The site did a soft launch in Novemeber and most of their videos haven’t made it over to their Youtube page yet, but here are some I recommend you check out on the website:
This one, where Rell doesn’t quite understand football and Super Bowl parties (note: all the “commuters” videos I’ve watched are funny). And, check out this Mean Lobster Prank (warning terrified loud screaming) and this NSFW interview with the guy that throws bottles at concerts.
When I first got into FaceBook I would stand there with my mouth agape when someone would tell me they’re not on the social networking site. Now, I definitely understand why it would turn some people off. Hopefully this infographic will help those who are curious about the most popular content sharing communities, but aren’t sure how they’ll “fit in”.
Okay, so I make a lot of jokes on Valentine’s Day when it comes to all the single people in the world having cold hearts and being lonely or whatever. But as someone who has never had a relationship during Valentine’s Day (this is my first), I know that you lone wolves out there don’t really give two shits about being alone on this silly holiday. And if you do give two shits, well, stop it. You are fabulous and you don’t need no man or woman to validate who you are as a human being.
That said, today is a day when people tend to love all that fairy tale, pink, fluffy BS, so of course Google Doodle decided to get in on the action. The nice part about this Doodle, however, is that it’s not cheesy. It’s actually quite refreshing from all the red and pink decorative vomit that happens on this 14th day of February. When you click on each of the candy hearts, it tells you a story from an actual human being about their experiences with love, infatuation, and relationships. From high school crushes to first kisses and everything in between, it pretty much runs the gamut of love stories.
Well, pretty much everything besides those crushing love stories where your SO cheats on you with a friend and you end up drinking a bottle of wine to yourself while listening to Adele, contemplating why you have such shitty friends. Not that that, uh, happened to me or anything (it totally happened to me).
So, for all you lovebirds out there, this Google Doodle is for you. And for all you people rocking that singledom, you can either wistfully listen to the stories or you can go and buy yourself something nice because of all the money you saved from not having a significant other. You lucky bastards.