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Richard Dawkins Tweets About Rape, Is Still the Worst

One of the most depressing things about online discussion — or any discussion, really — is that it’s the people who shout loudest who tend to get heard. Since the sort of people who tend to scream their opinions over the top of others’ tend also to be obnoxious and not particularly interested in anyone else’s ideas, the presence of such assholes tends to result in the discussion devolving into a shit-slinging match that achieves precisely nothing. In other news, hey, look, Richard Dawkins said something stupid again! Apparently unsatisfied with being obnoxious about religion, everyone’s least favorite atheist proselytizer has now weighed in on a discussion of sexual assault, with predictably disastrous results. … Read More

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‘American Juggalo’ Meets ‘March of the Penguins’ in Hilarious NSFW Video

Juggalos – worshippers of the Insane Clown Posse and similar “horrorcore” musical acts – are a nightmare-come-true for anyone with coulrophobia;… Read More

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Julian Fellowes Has It In For Lady Edith: Links You Need to See

Lea Michele takes on an unexpected role, Julian Fellowes is enjoying torturing his cast, and Oasis is kinda-sorta back together — all in today’s links. … Read More

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OKCupid Founder Says Experimenting on Users Is Just “How Websites Work” — But It Doesn’t Have to Be

OKCupid published a pretty fascinating post on its OKTrends blog yesterday. The piece was written by the company’s implausibly monikered co-founder Christian Rudder, and it discussed the recent publicity around Facebook’s grand experiment in influencing the moods of its users by examining how they react to having their news feed filled with largely positive or negative posts. Under the title “We Experiment on Human Beings!,” Rudder wrote that OKCupid had conducted similar studies, including a case in which they provided false matching data to evaluate how important providing users with this information is in their decisions about whether or not to contact (and also maintain conversation) with another user. This was no different, Rudder argued, from what Facebook did, and no different from what a bazillion other sites are constantly doing on an ongoing basis. … Read More

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‘Winds of Winter’ Is Back on Track: Links You Need to See

George R.R. Martin is finally stepping us his game, Martha Stewart defends her crown as the queen of home goods, and your childhood crush, Freddie Prinze Jr., is either very brave or very stupid. … Read More

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Who’s That Girl? Links You Need to See

While Weezy transforms into a sports management magnate, androgynous model Andrej Pejic also undergoes a transformation. Those stories and more, in today’s links. … Read More

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Plagiarism, Explained in ‘Forrest Gump’ GIFs

If Media Twitter seemed more jubilant than usual yesterday, it may well have been due to the news that BuzzFeed’s conservative-leaning “viral politics editor,” Benny Johnson (you may know him from such posts as “The Story Of Egypt’s Revolution In ‘Jurassic Park’ GIFs” and “What It’s Like Being Conservative On A Liberal Campus”), has been accused of plagiarizing from various sources to construct his highly considered political analyses. You’d think someone in Johnson’s position would know better, but look, surely it’s not all his fault — after all, the people making this kerfuffle are nasty liberal-media troublemakers, and anyway, how was he supposed to know not to plagiarize, eh? They never teach you that at the likes of Bob Jones University. Now he’s in trouble, and it’s not fair! So for the benefit of anyone else struggling with the concept of not lifting other people’s work, here’s plagiarism, explained in GIFs from a film that anyone sharing Benny’s political leanings will love: Forrest Gump! … Read More

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Wonderfully Nauseating Supercut Compiles Brand-Name Dropping on ‘Sex and the City’

Reinforcing Sex and the City’s time-capsule status as a now wholly obsolete – but anthropologically fascinating – portrait of pre-recession America, artist… Read More

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Is It Too Late to “Upgrade” Bey and Jay? Links You Need to See

Mockingjay releases more cool “propaganda,” Bey and Jay rumors run rampant, and a look down memory lane — all in today’s links. … Read More

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#twitterpurge: A Worst-Case Scenario That Proves Twitter Needs to Take Responsibility For Its Platform

#twitterpurge: it’s a hashtag that trended on Twitter over the weekend and remains popular today, inspired by The Purge, a movie that depicts a world in which all crime is legal for one night every year. A slew of awful people took the idea of applying the concept to Twitter as their cue to spend an hour posting anything they wanted on the platform. The result? A whole lot of revenge porn images, many of which appear to depict girls under the age of 18. The thing is, kids: that is illegal, and there’s no magical Purge-esque amnesty to save your hides. It’s remarkable this hasn’t been reported more, because we’re talking about Twitter apparently being used for the mass distribution of images that legally qualify as child pornography. Even more remarkable is the fact that Twitter seems disinclined to take proactive steps to stop it. … Read More

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