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  1. CBR Overhauls Forums In Wake of Widespread Discussion of Treatment of Women in Comics

    Elsewhere on the internet

    Over the last few weeks, the comics community has been embroiled in a discussion over how and why women trying to enter and exist in the comics community so consistently find it to be an unwelcoming or even toxic place. It's not a new discussion, but it's been particularly widespread and eventful this time around, and it's spawned some pretty cool initiatives from folks who are hoping that there won't be many more discussions like this. Now the comic book news site and nearly twenty year old forum Comic Book Resources, "patient zero," so to speak, of the current wave of talk, has announced that they will be rebooting their forums in an effort to begin anew without those who wish to intimidate or abuse other community members.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Miss Piggy Wearing the Actual Hope Diamond

    Things We Saw Today

    Today is Jim Henson's birthday, and in honor of that date, nearly two dozen of his puppets will now join the original Kermit the Frog in the Smithsonian's collection. So yes. This is Miss Piggy wearing the actual Hope Diamond. Piggy herself will go on permanent display, presumably along with Kermit, and presumably with the diamond back at the National History Museum. (Smithsonian)

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  3. Turns Out Rude Internet Comments Make Readers More Polarized. Act Surprised, Why Don’t You?

    the internet is serious business

    Or, at the very least, internet comments make us more polarized about scientific findings. According on an online (where else?) survey, readers who saw an article on a politically neutral scientific subject followed by a batch of rude comments were more likely to develop rigid ideas about the subject right there and then than folks who read the same article accompanied by comments that were politely disagreeing.

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  4. Britain Installs New Guidelines For Prosecuting Threatening Comments Made Online, Should The U.S. Follow Suit?

    Consider the Following

    Keir Starmer, chief prosecutor for England and Wales, spoke this week about stricter guidelines for harassing and threatening comments online. Is it time for the United States to do the same? 

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  5. Why Is Everyone On The Internet So Angry?

    We Can't Have Nice Things

    Everyone on the Internet is mean. Seriously, every single person who has ever booted up a computer is a total jerk, and that is the only plausible explanation for the vitriol of YouTube users, the violent comments hurled at feminist pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian, and just the general garbage spewed on Twitter all of the time. At least, that would be the easy explanation behind our culture's predisposition to online flame wars. As it turns out, the answer to what makes us all so mean on the Internet, and what to do about it, is fairly nuanced, and a difficult problem to fix.

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  6. Google Announces Plan To Hold YouTube Commenters Accountable

    the internet is serious business

    If you've ever ventured into the comments on a YouTube video, you're probably well aware that our beloved video sharing website moonlights as a gathering place for the worst people on the Internet this side of 4chan. Despite a stringent comment policy, Google, YouTube's owner, has never really gotten around to enforcing their own rules -- that is, until now. With a new plan to link YouTube accounts with Google+ accounts, Google hopes that by encouraging commenters to use their own name, users will be less inclined to leave abusive comments.

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