I’m discussing what the word ‘Gothic’ means today and for the next three weeks. What’s thought of as ‘Gothic’ embraces much. Its influence is wide-spread. We use the word all the time. I have a vampire series out that is Gothic. But do we really know, what the word means?
Where does the word ‘Gothic’ come from? We can say that the word, ‘Goth’ refers to the Germanic tribes of marauding people called Goths who invaded Roman Dacia in the 5th Century, but what about the word that evolved from that? Could ‘Gothic’come from Gothic Cathedrals that gave the world Gothic architecture? Those magnificent structures tended to use gargoyles to drive away evil spirits. That’s interesting right there. What did those churches think might get in? Evil in the guise of Satan and his demons, perhaps?
Maybe Gothic architecture then went on to inspire Gothic literature. If it did, Gothic…
Did you have a Facebook account in 2012? If so you may have, without your knowledge, been a test subject for a psychological study.
The company routinely adjusts the user’s newsfeed with the number and type of ads they see, size of photos, etc. for the sake of creating a better product. However, this is not what we are talking about here. In 2012, Adam D.I. Kramer led a study in which nearly 700,000 test subjects (Facebook users) were given either additional negative posts or additional positive posts in their individual newsfeeds via algorithm. This was allegedly done to see how the positive or negative nature of the additional posts would affect the tone of the posts of the test subjects.
Unfortunately, none of the test subjects were notified of this. In fact, this study only recently came to light.
Facebook users must agree to the terms of service when…