March, 2021 archive
Frontiers in Psychology presents a study of those who participate in hate-full conduct on line and finds a common trait. The full report detailing the study’s methodology and findings is at the link; here’s a bit (emphasis added).
In the present study, we sought to investigate whether certain psychological characteristics can predict posting hating comments online. Our results showed that high scores on the Psychopathy subscale was a significant predictor of posting hating comments online; whereas age, sex, high scores on Frustration, Envy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Satisfaction with Life scales were non-significant predictors. Interestingly, high scores on the Scale of Envy almost reached a statistical significance (on the level of a strong trend).
Honest to Pete, Alfred P. Newman wouldn’t have bought this for a story line in Mad Magazine.
In a powerful essay at The Roanoke Times, Paul Angermeier reflects on the legacy of Rush Limbaugh.
I commend his piece to your attention.
When making a purchase, be polite to others waiting in the checkout line.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Susan A. Nolan and Michael Kimball cite research that persons care more about eyeballs than accuracy when they “share” stuff on “social” media. Here are their main points; follow the link for a discussion of each.
- New U.S.-based research finds that we’re good at spotting inaccurate social media headlines, but if they are in line with our politics, we often share them anyway.
- When deciding what to share, we value getting likes and demonstrating our political allegiances more than we value accuracy.
- The pattern of sharing inaccurate posts occurs among both Republicans and Democrats.
Via the 1920’s Radio Network (which I am fortunate enough to be able to receive on my FM dial, as I live in their over-the-air broadcast area).
At the San Francisco Chronicle, Cynthia Lin Sugiyama writes powerfully of her experiences with anti-Asian racism and bigotry as she grew up in the United States. Here’s how she starts her tale:
I was 7, maybe 8? It was sunny. I was outdoors, happy and carefree. A group of much bigger, older Caucasian boys started walking toward me. That alone scared me. When they then proceeded to poke fun at me, saying, “Ching ching, chong chong,” laughing hysterically as they walked off, that then scarred me.
Follow the link for the rest.