hack the vote
Voter turnout is consistently much lower in midterm elections, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Press obsession and controversy always drive people in droves to come out for presidential elections, and there’s always that general feeling that there’s less at stake when you’re just deciding on one or two local politicians — most of us are much less likely to take a day off to cast a ballot for a single senator than for a slew of national representatives.
Get to the Polls is a new tool that robs you of another excuse to skip the midterms by telling you exactly where you need to go to vote. The web tool is simple: You punch in your address and it tells you where you go to vote and who’s going to be on the ballot. It’s much cleaner than Googling “where to vote,” calling hotlines and texting your number to some clunky SMS service for voters.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
According to MRAs — that’s Men’s Rights Activists, for those who are uninitiated in the ways of complete sociopathy — the world is imperiled by entitled women who are using the Internet as a prime battleground for subjugating helpless men. Thankfully, they’re just about the only ones who believe that bullshit.
A Pew Research poll released today revealed that while most people believe that online communities are equally friendly toward women and men (take that with a grain of salt), those who found the Internet unequal think it’s a much safer space for men. The study took a deep dive into online harassment, prompted by a number of heinous events, such as a number of women in the gaming community being driven from their homes by violent threats.
If you met your significant other online, you’re probably used to hearing at parties, “Oh, I know a lot of people who’ve met online, it’s not even weird anymore.” Uh, thanks?
Well, today the Pew Internet and American Life project joined the chorus of awkwardly phrased reassurances, with a new report about online dating.
News YouTube Can Use
A year-long study conducted by the Pew Research Center has confirmed what we’ve known all along: Twitter is a rotten cesspool of smug, cynical douchebags consistently trying to out-mean and one-up each other. Oh, had you not noticed?
Kids These Days
Coming soon to a Newsroom episode near you: The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports today that people are increasingly turning to YouTube for news. Walter Cronkite it ain’t, but what are you gonna do?
The report illustrates its findings with the example of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. In the seven days after the Read More
“Warning to parents,” Vator News cried out yesterday, “this is what your teen does online.” Exclamation points implied! So what’s the terrifying new teen pastime parents should be panicked about? According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, teenagers are, get this, using online video.
The actual study doesn’t adopt Vator New’s fear-mongering tone, except in the way that all sentences about the online activities of teenagers sound like they’re pulled from a “Nightline” investigation. “Nearly 2 in 5 online teens (37%) say they have video chatted with someone else using applications such as Skype, iChat or Googletalk.” Ahhhhh, lock up your kids.