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Yes, You Are Googling Yourself Stupid

Yale researchers claim internet searching leads to “wildly inaccurate” faith in a person’s own intelligence.

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We live in an era where it’s no exaggeration to say that nearly the whole of human knowledge is available to us at a moment’s notice, simply by tapping a few times on our smartphones. Given the immediacy of just about every fact, statistic, and complex philosophical treatise, we’ve all become Google geniuses who are able to access the far corners of the human experience in a matter of seconds. But don’t let proficiency at IMDB searches and Wikipedia fact-checking fool you: When it comes to actual intelligence, the more time we spend searching online, the more we’re prone to overestimating how smart we actually are.

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How “Thought Germs” Go Viral Online (Hint: It Helps to Get Angry)

Of all the emotions that spread stuff online, the angrier you are, the better.

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The internet can be a wonderful place where people the world over come together to share ideas, explore commonalities, and express themselves in as many ways as there are websites. It can also be a terrible place, where virulent hostility, voluntary ignorance, and downright meanness congregate with little regard for (or, even worse: an explicit desire to affect) real world consequences.

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Swedish Show Hunts Down Internet Trolls

The show’s goal is to spark discussion about internet hate.

A Swedish TV show is tracking down internet trolls and bringing them to task in front of a national audience. TV3’s Trolljägarna, or Troll Hunter follows journalist Robert Aschberg as he and his team hunt down the country’s racist, sexist, hateful, ignorant, and downright mean anons.

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