For 4 years, Koreans enacted increasingly stiff real-name commenting laws, first for political websites in 2003, then for all websites receiving more than 300,000 viewers in 2007, and was finally tightened to 100,000 viewers a year later after online slander was cited in the suicide of a national figure. The policy, however, was ditched shortly after a Korean Communications Commission study found that it only decreased malicious comments by 0.9%. Korean sites were also inundated by hackers, presumably after valuable identities.
Further analysis by Carnegie Mellon’s Daegon Cho and Alessandro Acquisti, found that the policy actually increased the frequency of expletives in comments for some user demographics. While the policy reduced swearing and “anti-normative” behavior at the aggregate level by as much as 30%, individual users were not dismayed. “Light users”, who posted 1 or 2 comments, were most affected by the law, but “heavy” ones (11-16+ comments ) didn’t seem to mind.
“We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.”—
Zoe Smith, 18 year old weightlifter currently representing Great Britain at the Olympics, responding to tweets labelling her muscles “unattractive” and “unfeminine”. (via monkeyknifefight)
HOLY SHIT. PRINT THIS OUT AND POST IT IN ALL SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE.
Happy: Don’t worry, be happy - Bobby McFerrin Love: Tunnel of Love - Dire Straits Hate: The Thin Line Between Love And Hate - Iron Maiden Light: Light My Candle - Rent Dark: Journey Through The Dark - Blind Guardian Good:Too good too bad - Yoko Kanno Bad: Bad - Michael Jackson
“The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange hobbies or talents or gifts and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem weird or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake. What makes me unique has brought every person I love into my life.”—Ned, Pushing Daisies (via stellablu)
“If you get embarrassed every time you drop a pad or tampon—and it will happen—or every time a dude looks through your bag for a pen and finds one of these items instead, he gets to pretend that he is ignorant and that you are yucky for one more day. And that’s a day none of us can afford. Sooner or later, he’s going to be 53, and in Congress, and saying that he just doesn’t understand why people NEED birth control, all because no one had the decency to sit him down and tell him to stop pretending he doesn’t know about vaginas.”—
If you talk to me first and make attempts to keep conversation going you are a holy being in my mind.
This also applies to texting.
You know, I’ve been thinking about it recently - I know that feeling very well and I hate starting conversations as well, because of all the reasons listed above, but I also think it’s extremely selfish. If you want some social interaction, then interact for pete’s sake. Yeah it’s hard and yeah it might not work instantly - or at all - but dumping all the responsibility on the other person just because you’re too self-conscious to actually work on your skills means you’re lazy and self-centered. Work on your vices, don’t seek excuses.
I’m very introverted, have almost no social skills and there’s that issue where I don’t really need to talk to people I like to keep liking them - but I wouldn’t expect them to always message me first. Relationships require effort from everyone involved.
You are good at something, stop lying to yourself. You’re good at breaking down comic book plots, cooking ramen perfectly, making your friends happy, knowing the time without looking at a clock, getting the perfect ending at RPG’s, or figuring out the twist ending to movies. Don’t let society tell you your talents are meaningless because they don’t serve an economical purpose. Your talents reflect your interests and passions, and what’s important to you is important.