“Like autoerotic asphyxiation, supporting Donald Trump is an activity many people prefer to enjoy in…”

February 25 Comments Off on “Like autoerotic asphyxiation, supporting Donald Trump is an activity many people prefer to enjoy in…” Category: Feed, Tumblr

“Like autoerotic asphyxiation, supporting Donald Trump is an activity many people prefer to enjoy in a private setting, like in a shower or a voting booth.”

Matt Taibbi in How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

"“The degree of disconnect from reality in today’s GOP puts them into class with few…"

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““The degree of disconnect from reality in today’s GOP puts them into class with few other members outside of the ruling parties of one-party states.

But the Democrats have it even worse. They have won the popular vote in every presidential el…

My new policy: I refuse to click on any article talking about the 2016 election. Seriously, there is…

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My new policy: I refuse to click on any article talking about the 2016 election. Seriously, there is NOTHING that the media can find to talk about for the next four-ish years? I will not be encouraging you with page views.

Feedback Loop: How Halo Could Improve Democracy Forever

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It turns out that the characters we play and the stories they’re in can change our patterns of behavior and our attitude towards others. Armed with better stories, game developers can change the world.

Imagine the latest Halo game with an all new DLC. As Master Chief during election season, it’s your civic duty to get to a voting booth, no matter how many Grunts get in your way. This could be the near future if game writers decide to embrace the responsibilities that come along with the latest research from Tiltfactor’s Geoff Kaufman.

Kaufman’s recent study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, examines the phenomenon of ‘experience-taking.’ The principle is that certain types of fiction, specifically those where the participant can take on the identity of the protagonist, push the participant to merge the character with their selves, “feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own.”

One particular part of the study shows promise to provide a solution to the political conflict arising from Halo 4’s scheduled release date.

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