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psychoceramics: Riley M. Sinder - Usenet Robot
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- Subject: psychoceramics: Riley M. Sinder - Usenet Robot
- From: Bruce Ediger <bediger @ csn.net>
- Date: Fri, 14 Mar 1997 22:33:44 -0700 (MST)
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For a while last year, one "Riley M. Sinder" was tearing up the atheist and
evolutionist usenet newsgroups. Then, come December, '96, we all find out
he's just a 'bot, a psychology project. Boy, was I cheesed off, since
I'd argued with him.
Well, he's back. A quick check in dejanews shows that he's been active
since about January 6th, although someone is mercifully cancelling all
Here's one of the usenet articles that documented "Sinder's" being a 'bot.
If anyone can get me the original article, or a cite for the paper
resulting from the research, I'd be grateful.
Subject: Re: Exposed: Riley Sinder is a graduate school project
From: myers @ netaxs.com (Paul Z. Myers)
In article <meredith.scsn.net-1--@c--.scsn.net>,
meredith.scsn.net (Kevin Meredith) wrote:
> I'm passing this on. I believe this answers the who and why of Riley Sinder.
> From the Nov. 27 issue of the "Frontman," the student newspaper of the
> University of Chicago:
> By Claira Duvensky
> Staff Writer
> If the Usenet newsgroup you frequent seems a little more active
> lately, you can thank a team of six UofC psychology graduate students
> researching debating behavior on the Internet.
> The students have created an Internet character, given him an
> unpopular cause, and even created a personality for him as they used him
> to spar with real people all over the world.
> "The results have been fascinating," says team member Ehmed Mudjavi.
> "People have gone to a great deal of trouble to respond to our character,
> and have even gotten really angry at him on occasion."
> The team has dubbed its creation "Riley Sinder," and an account was
> opened up under that name with Netcom, an Internet service provider
> (Riley's e-mail address, r--@n--.com, is based on the UofC lacrosse
> team's colors).
> Since the start of the term, the students have been regularly posting
> under Riley's name to more than a dozen political, religious and
> philosophical newsgroups.
> All the posts argue a single point: that creationism should be taught
> in public school science classes.
> "We wanted to give him an unpopular viewpoint in order to generate
> more comments," explains group member Karen DuPres. "But we didn't want to
> make him outrageous."
Didn't they fail on this last point? I thought this Sinder nitwit (oops,
"persona") was a flaming nutcase!
Paul Myers Department of Biology
m--@n--.com Temple University
http://fishnet.bio.temple.edu/ Philadelphia, PA 19122