Internet comments and social psychology

23 07 2011

Well, it’s been some time since this blog was updated. I am back to teaching social psychology this fall, so I’ll be posting more here as the semester wears on.

On to today’s post. I am a moderator on the coffeegeek.com forum. It is a good diversion from research and gives me a sense of usefulness. I’m even good at it.

We occasionally get a user who for a variety of reasons causes discord and trouble in the forums. A recent article from the Guardian about internet commentary and flaming is very good and accurate. It points out a couple social psychological aspects of the phenomenon: deindividuation and group polarization. it also features social psychologist Tom Postmes.