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Study: Crude Comments and Concern

Online Incivility's Effect on Risk Perceptions of Emerging Technologies

3:22 pm on Mar 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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An interesting read: [onlinelibrary.wiley.com...]
8:31 pm on Mar 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Eff that study, no time to read it. :-)
11:44 pm on Mar 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Paper forthcoming in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Journal of WHAT?

Over the past 50 years, incivility has been on the rise in the American political arena as well as in its coverage in mass media

Insert boilerplate list of things Congress members did in the early 19th century that they would not get away with today. Yawn.

:: detour to hex/dec converter ::

2009 = thin space. Oh, fer hevvins sakes. A "thin space" is what you use when you're making an e-book and want to preserve your 1885-vintage source's way of separating contractions like, er, "is n't". There's no earthly reason for it here.

Therefore, we pose the following hypothesis:

H1: Exposure to incivility in online comments of a newspaper blog post on the issue of nanotechnology will be positively related to risk perceptions of nanotechnology.

I know, I know, it wasn't meant to be funny. But doesn't that read as a huge, in-your-face HTML blunder? :)
12:50 am on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I read it entirely earlier and it's gives hints of a topic that I might be interested in debating but I'm waiting for someone to translate it into English first so I can understand it.

I have a reading deficiency and it takes a lot of effort for me to read text. I usually have to parse it 2 or 3 times before I can understand it. It has always been like that for me since I was old enough to read.

This article seemed to be talking in circles and totally lost me. When I read I have to translate something into visuals in my mind to fully understand it. All I could see in this text was two chauffeur driven Bentleys pulling up to each other and their occupants rolling down their windows asking for grey poupon. I don't get it.

I only have trouble reading, no problem expressing my own thoughts at 35 wpm on a keyboard when I fully understand the topic at hand.

Lucy your animated gestures (:: ... ::) really help draw me into your posts and help me to be able to read them faster because you draw me along with you :) -- thanks!
4:15 am on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Try this,

Pick any article on Yahoo(for example) or Wired, read half the thing, then skip to comments, read the comments, then read the rest of the article.

Then go back and read another article, then go to comments and read them.

Then pick another article, read the header, go read the comments, then back to read entire article.

Compare the sensations.

If You are lucky with not being interrupted by a message that you need to upgrade to FF v.19, i guess u already did.