“These HATE WORDS are meaningless and in no way are they a real indicator of hate. This hatred map thing is so stupid that it boggles the mind. It’s so stupid that it has become the dreaded Facebook “share” and there is nothing more incredibly stupid than a Facebook share. Once you become a Facebook share it means you’ve lost all credibility and the only way you can get any attention outside the world of Academics is to try to get “likes” on Facebook. That’s pretty sad.” [Damien LeGallienne, editor of TheDamienZone.com].
Geography of Hate Map is Wrong and a Virtual Hoax.
[Damien LeGallienne, Brussels] There’s this thing floating around the moronic pages of Facebook. It’s a specialized map of the USA that allegedly shows the amount of hate speech that generates from different areas of the USA via Twitter. The trouble is that this is a huge crock of dog end, and since it’s a stupid and meaningless and silly and self-serving bowl of stupidity, every idiot on the planet is “sharing” it on Facebook. It’s what I like to call a “virtual hoax” because it’s not a hoax per se, but in reality it’s the worst kind of hoax. Let me explain.
Supposedly, this “map of American hatred” was part of a larger (and probably just as stupid) project by somebody named Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University — a kind of hippy dippy school way up there at the top of California where the “very average” students are all in tune with nature and filled with the wisdom of the owl and the mighty wolf. Do you get the picture?
According to RateMyProfessors.com, where a rating of 1 is terrible and a rating of 5 is great, The average professor at Humboldt has a rating of 3.9. Dr. Monica Stephens’ rating, however, is ZERO point ZERO. She doesn’t even have a vote — in other words, students don’t care about her, or like her, or even hate her enough to cast a vote. Of course, as soon as this article is released the students will climb down out of the redwood trees and stop counting owl eggs long enough to give her a perfect score.
So anyway, the unloved and currently unrated Dr. Monica Stephens is doing this GEOGRAPHY OF HATE map thing as part of her class on Advanced Cartography. In other words, if you know how to read between the county lines, Dr. Stephens wants to make maps that will prove that middle Americans and Christians are evil, racist and homophobic, and she’s dragged in three hapless foot soldiers to do her dirty work. I won’t give out the names of the undergrads she is trying to indoctrinate into this policy of inventing hatred because they’re just kids and maybe one day they’ll go to a real school and get the heck out of that campground that masquerades as a University,
Okay, why did I just call it “invented hatred” and what’s the deal with that?
The Facebook “share” that is going around (the Hate Map of the USA) claims that the students — the aforementioned foot soldiers who are unwittingly taking Dr. Stepehens’ course in HOW TO BECOME A MISFIT — sampled (they say) 150,000 tweets from various Twitter accounts. How they came upon these tweets is kind of shady but that’s another story, but sharing in the blame for all of this dumbness is the University of Kentucky and its DOLLY project — whatever that means.
From these tweets, the Future Misfits Club of Humboldt University — I mean the students of Dr. Stephens — went through a bunch of words that they call “hate words” and these hate words were measured by their frequency of usage in tweets across America. It doesn’t make sense — and let me tell you why.
These are the hate words they used – The N word in its real form and various forms, bitch, fag ( and all variants) homo ( all variants) queer, dyke, darky, gook, gringo, honky, injun or Indian, monkey, towel head, wigger, wetback, cripple, cracker, honkey, fairy, fudge packer, tranny.
Okay so there’s the list of words they looked for and they say they counted how many times these words were used in a derogatory way. Okay, so already this is unscientific and stupid and subjective and dumb. This map of hate is a hoax but the trouble is that it doesn’t know it’s a hoax. It seems to be based in real science — but it’s not, you stupid monkey. Ooops, I just used hate speech. Perhaps if I were a wise old Indian (more hate speech) I would have known better than to believe this dumb map. But you understand because, “you my n***a” right, bi*ch? <— Are you catching on to what I’m getting at yet?
Here is the thing. Young people of all races and religions use the hate words all the time on Twitter. They call each other the N-word and all the other words on the list and they mean NOTHING. Dr. Stephens might know how to teach Stupidity 101 really well, but she herself should take a few courses in the evolution of language or language usage. What is being translated as hate speech in this sickening study is really just modern day teen speak and the lexicon of Twitter and texting. It has nothing to do with the opinions of any vox populi — it’s an illusion of hatred. Do you understand that? It is an ILLUSION.
These HATE WORDS are meaningless and in no way are a real indicator of hate. This hatred map thing is so stupid that it boggles the mind. It’s so stupid that it has become a Facebook share, and there is nothing more incredibly stupid than a Facebook share. Once you become a Facebook “share” it means you’ve lost all credibility and the only way you can get any attention outside the world of Academics is to try to get “likes” on Facebook. That’s pretty sad.
So anyway, they looked at where these words originated with more frequency on Twitter and they created this map — and it makes no sense. It’s not real — it means NOTHING.
NOTE TO DR. MONICA STEPHENS — Kindly note that drawing maps of invented concepts and making a map of American hatred is mentally sick and unhealthy and just plain stupid. Also, incidents where celebrities and left wingers and right wingers in the past have wished AIDS on people and or DEATH on each other via Twitter are not included in your map because the area in and around Los Angeles is a cheerful and happy sky blue.
Naturally it’s impossible to see the right wing hatred on your map because the map is carefully invented to make it look like all Red State people (the misconception of Republicanism) are hate speakers. Pretty craft, eh?
Yeah, so ALL Conservatives lurk in that red haze of hate you’ve invented, but Hollywood and left coast liberals are looking up a at clear blue sky. But—uh—they use hate speech all day long, but it’s the hate speech of grown up idiots — not the casual texting language of dopey teenagers. How stupid can you be? You are really dumb — seriously.
Hate speech is when someone says, they want to kill or injure or exterminate someone because of their color or religion or ethnicity or sexual orientation. It is not the lexicon of a clueless twittering teen population. This map might work as a map of the emergence of a new kind of electronic language usage, but it says nothing about hatred. YOU CAN’T MEASURE HATRED! CATCH ON?
If you have the title of “Doctor” in front of your name, shouldn’t you be aware of the flaws in this silly project? Don’t you have a duty to teach your students the difference between cartography and propaganda and your own personal frustrations and hatreds? If I were President of Humboldt, I would fire you so fast that you’d have to dig up your map that shows people the places where colleges are more tolerant of stupid professors. Maybe they’ll hire you — or perhaps you are right where you belong. I’m sorry for your students if that’s the case.
From the desk of Damien LeGallienne.
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