Are Rural People Meaner?

(or: Is Online Gossip a Question of Locale or Scale?) [This is a cross-post from my blog multicast. -CS] I'm quoted in this morning's New York Times Story, In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious. This came about because I've done some recent research on social media and rural communities (citations below), including a long-term ethnographic study …

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