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Don’t read the comments! (Why do we read the online comments when we know they’ll be bad?)

Why did he read the comments? | CC, Photo by Troublemakers, Inc. Click on image for license and information.

One of the best things about the web is that it allows people to share ideas across boundaries. Right at this very moment, there could be someone from Saudi Arabia and Peru and Australia reading this article—and as a writer that is immensely cool. However, there’s no obligation for all three of those folks to [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Facebook as a MMORPG? Playing Pretend Online

Fairy? Rockstar? Why not both? How do you present yourself online? | Photo by Kristina Killgrove,

“Go ahead,” he said. “I know in a little bit you’re going to go post some smart ass comment on Facebook.” He could not keep the scorn from his voice. “And everyone will sympathize with you. And I’ll look like the bad guy.” Her jaw tightened. “I have never called you out on Facebook,” she [...]

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