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  1. Patton Oswalt Is Back With a Revelation From His Summer Away From Twitter

    Sadly, it's not that he's a wizard.

    Patton Oswalt had an incredibly visible Twitter presence until June of this year. He spent his time telling jokes, getting crap for telling jokes, joking that he'd made jokes that would've gotten him crap, and getting crap for those jokes. He needed a break from all the crap, so he took the summer off, and now he's back to tell us what we're all missing in the real world.

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  2. Zelda Williams Returns To Social Media While YouTube’s PewDiePie Turns Off Comments Forever

    If you think you're seeing more stories about people being jerks or otherwise getting up to criminal mischief online, you'd be right. But it's not because it's happening more often, it's because more people are taking a stand against it.

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  3. Study Says Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy and Distrustful

    I bet they just want the publicity, though.

    The written word has a lot of drawbacks in missing out on tone and intention, which makes it soooo easy to pick up on stuff like sarcasm, you guys. On the Internet, it also has the drawback of trolling, and it turns out these problems seem to be causing social media to make people miserable.

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  4. [UPDATED] A Disheartening Account Of The Harassment Going On In Gaming Right Now (And How Adam Baldwin Is Involved)

    AKA, an actual depression quest.

    This month has been terrible in every concieveable sense of the word, in some part due to the rapidly escalating harassment of prominent feminists in gaming. Every time you think it's at its peak and things might start to cool down, jerks on the Internet ensure that it all ramps right back up again, to the point where we weren't sure how to cover the story because we didn't even know where to start. In case you haven't been following, here's what's been going on.

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  5. #ToolsToDetectRapists Hashtag Mocks Sexual Assault Prevention Nail Polish By Dissecting Rape Culture

    A necessary conversation.

    Over the weekend we reported on a team of college students who invented a nail varnish which can detect the presence of date rape drugs. While trying to help prevent sexual assault is a completely worthy cause, many critics condemned the polish for placing the responsibility on women to buy a product so they don't get raped. Naturally there were a lot of scathing and often poignant tweets on the subject and rape culture at large. Trigger warning for sexual assault. 

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  6. Indiana University Will Devote $1 Million to the Study of Internet Memes

    Memes! How do they work?

    Oh. Okay.

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  7. New Study Suggests Social Media Users Are Less Likely To Share Opinions

    On this, the Internet? HOW.

    One of the biggest criticisms against social media is that its users must think their opinions are the most important ones to ever have been held through all of history and that everyone must hear them all the time for the good of humanity. Not true! According to a recently published study, most of us are actually kind of shy online and will withhold our real opinions, because we don't want people to hate us.

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  8. Pandora’s Diversity Numbers Are Mostly Good News for Women, Not So Much for People of Color

    Or, more accurately: lack-of-diversity numbers.

    Even if the diversity numbers haven't been exactly encouraging, it's still great to see that tech companies are willing to acknowledge the problem by being transparent about it. Now the Internet radio streaming service Pandora has released their diversity numbers, and they're a lot better than the rest for women, but still not so much for everyone else.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Turns Out Han and Leia Are Adorable Painted in the Style of Up

    "I know."

    This awesome imagining of Han and Leia as they'd look in the Up universe comes from artist James Hance, who'll sell you a print of this or some of his other amazing geeky art (Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Sherlock) over on his website.

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  10. New Twitter Changes Will Clog Up Your Feed With Tweets You Didn’t Want to See

    This is why we can't have nice things.

    We were pretty happy last week that Twitter was finally going to take its harassment problem seriously, even if we weren't thrilled with how long it's gone on or the circumstances that brought about the change of heart. Unfortunately, it looks like they're testing out some other changes that will pretty much suck the life out of everything we love about Twitter. Yay?

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