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Most internet trolls are mentally ill?

I just had a brilliant conversation with Sam Snyder - extremely smart guy.

We talked about a lot of things, and a few stood out to me - he clued me into the notion that many internet trolls might actually be mentally ill.

It's like, how bad off do you have to be to get satisfaction out of blogs, social news sites, and discussion forums? Pretty bad. As Sam put it, "Bad enough that you can't even get satisfaction out of playing video games."

More interesting, though, is that Sam introduced me to the concept of "emotional contagion" - by getting exposure to others' emotions, you frequently start to feel those emotions too.

So when you deal with people who are hostile and off-balance, it can make you a little more hostile and off-balance yourself. Scary stuff.

Listen to CBS 60 Minutes in just 30 Minutes

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Using the iPhone's Podcast app, I'm able to listen to thousands of podcasts in the car.  It's priceless (and free), and a way to soak up knowledge I otherwise wouldn't have time for.

Some of my favorite podcasts are (links open iTunes):

- This American Life

- WNYC's Radio Lab

- American Public Media's "Marketplace"

Using the iPhone's Podcast app, I'm able to listen to thousands of podcasts in the car.  It's priceless (and free), and a way to soak up knowledge I otherwise wouldn't have time for. Some of my favorite podcasts are (links open iTunes): - This American Life - WNYC's Radio Lab - American Public Media's "Marketplace" - CBS' 60 Minutes And the best part is that because the iPhone can play podcasts at 2x speed, and since "60 Minutes" is really just 42 minutes without the ads, that means at 2x I can listen to a full 60 Minutes show in just 30 minutes (interestingly, "2x" is actually 1.5x... I guess 2x sounded better to Apple).  Amazing.

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