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Things We Saw Today

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

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)


the internet is serious business

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

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.


Consider the Following

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

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? 


We Can't Have Nice Things

Why Is Everyone On The Internet So Angry?

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.


the internet is serious business

Google Announces Plan To Hold YouTube Commenters Accountable

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.