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2017-09-20 06:29:14 PM  
The line between "asshole" and "sociopath" is a fine one.
 
2017-09-20 07:59:54 PM  
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2017-09-20 09:22:56 PM  
Chirst, what an asshole!
 
2017-09-20 09:53:18 PM  
Sutton is not a Trump supporter, but, sipping an iced tea from the building's beleaguered Starbucks, he is hesitant to outright label Trump an asshole

So he's a Trump supporter.
 
2017-09-20 09:54:34 PM  
I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.
 
2017-09-20 09:57:37 PM  
If an archangel came down from agnostic heaven and told me this were peak asshole I'd buy everyone here a bottle of whiskey.
As it is, there is no heaven, there is no peak and for most of us in this thread there is no whiskey.

/I'm in that middle spot between booze and bed, if that makes you feel better
 
2017-09-20 09:59:33 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.


I think the opposite of an asshole is a buttplug.  I'm not a doctor though so I don't really know.
 
2017-09-20 10:01:46 PM  
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2017-09-20 10:04:25 PM  
Peak asshole?  No.  I'll see you on the morrow for pistols at dawn.
 
2017-09-20 10:06:25 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Peak asshole?  No.  I'll see you on the morrow for pistols at dawn.


Asshole already shot you when you were putting your jammies on.
 
2017-09-20 10:12:48 PM  
Let me know when its peak titties or labia, no into the backdoor stuff.
 
2017-09-20 10:13:41 PM  

tjsands1118: Chirst, what an asshole!


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2017-09-20 10:14:18 PM  
Oh, we've only scratched the surface.
 
2017-09-20 10:15:40 PM  
As far as American politics go, we are not just living in asshole time, we are right in the middle of gaping goatse time!
 
2017-09-20 10:17:41 PM  
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2017-09-20 10:17:56 PM  
I think I would have gone with: *Balloon Knot Theory*.
 
2017-09-20 10:19:32 PM  

FarkQued: Let me know when its peak titties or labia, no into the backdoor stuff.


it helps when she weighs less than 300 lbs and hasn't just eaten a crock pot full of chili.

wait that was sexist. HE or she. There, all better.
 
2017-09-20 10:19:53 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.


I made the same sort of mental shift, and noticed that a lot of people are actually fairly pleasant on first acquaintance. When I was cynical, I filtered a lot of the nice folks out because I wanted to fit the world into my stupid paradigm.
 
2017-09-20 10:21:14 PM  
I don't believe there is really that many more assholes. It's just with most people carrying a camera, video and audio recorder and the ability to distribute it world wide in real time. Just makes them all that more apparent. You get maximum exposure from everywhere in the world. It feels like you're being bludgeoned by it sometimes.
 
2017-09-20 10:21:52 PM  

Orion5k: AverageAmericanGuy: I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.

I made the same sort of mental shift, and noticed that a lot of people are actually fairly pleasant on first acquaintance. When I was cynical, I filtered a lot of the nice folks out because I wanted to fit the world into my stupid paradigm.


Yeah, I think a lot of people reflect what's been given to them. If you give them good/nice/etc stuff, they give it right back - usually. It's an interesting experiment to try, but it can really help with depression/cynicism/social anxiety - not quite as much as booze though
 
2017-09-20 10:22:05 PM  

Orion5k: AverageAmericanGuy: I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.

I made the same sort of mental shift, and noticed that a lot of people are actually fairly pleasant on first acquaintance. When I was cynical, I filtered a lot of the nice folks out because I wanted to fit the world into my stupid paradigm.


Right? The world is a pretty awesome place. I'm dedicated to making sure my little corner of the world is filled with sunshine.
 
2017-09-20 10:25:37 PM  
"Explosion of assholes" is a rather unfortunate turn of phrase, isn't it.
 
2017-09-20 10:26:34 PM  
 
2017-09-20 10:29:00 PM  

Zul the Magnificent: "Explosion of assholes" is a rather unfortunate turn of phrase, isn't it.

Not for some I'm sure. You forgot Rule 34.

 
2017-09-20 10:31:18 PM  
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SHUT UP YOU ASSHOLES!
 
2017-09-20 10:35:00 PM  

PhilCollinsBeatBox: FarkQued: Let me know when its peak titties or labia, no into the backdoor stuff.

it helps when she weighs less than 300 lbs and hasn't just eaten a crock pot full of chili.

wait that was sexist. HE or she. There, all better.


You are so right, never taking your mather out to Sonic for all you can eat chilli coneys again, not until shim shaves.
 
2017-09-20 10:36:40 PM  

PhilCollinsBeatBox: Orion5k: I made the same sort of mental shift, and noticed that a lot of people are actually fairly pleasant on first acquaintance. When I was cynical, I filtered a lot of the nice folks out because I wanted to fit the world into my stupid paradigm.

Yeah, I think a lot of people reflect what's been given to them. If you give them good/nice/etc stuff, they give it right back - usually. It's an interesting experiment to try, but it can really help with depression/cynicism/social anxiety - not quite as much as booze though


Heh, funny you should mention that. The reason I made the mental shift was to combat depression and anxiety, because I was leaning so heavy on booze that I got addicted. I still can't believe how different my life is now, and how much of it was all in my head.

AverageAmericanGuy: Right? The world is a pretty awesome place. I'm dedicated to making sure my little corner of the world is filled with sunshine.


Couldn't agree more. I've noticed that people actually appreciate being around someone who is non-judgemental. It feels nice to provide that environment.
 
2017-09-20 10:36:47 PM  

Ned Stark: Sutton is not a Trump supporter, but, sipping an iced tea from the building's beleaguered Starbucks, he is hesitant to outright label Trump an asshole

So he's a Trump supporter.


It's pretty clear he thinks Trump exemplifies peak asshole, he just doesn't think it'd be productive to outright call him an asshole.  Especially for his book sales and speaking fees.
 
2017-09-20 10:38:29 PM  

Orion5k: AverageAmericanGuy: Right? The world is a pretty awesome place. I'm dedicated to making sure my little corner of the world is filled with sunshine.


Couldn't agree more. I've noticed that people actually appreciate being around someone who is non-judgemental. It feels nice to provide that environment.


*Virtual fistbump*
 
2017-09-20 10:40:40 PM  
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2017-09-20 10:55:29 PM  
Better to be an Asshole than a Pussy
 
2017-09-20 10:55:33 PM  
I work with an asshole.  He's an old, bitter, aging asshole who hates his life.  He's the ugliest person i've ever met, inside and out.

His assholism is so severe, it's probably a mental illness.  He absorbs the same sensory data as everyone else, but his evil, sociopathic brain twists it and refracts into something abhorrent; pure black light.  He hates everything, everyone.  Eaten by jealousy and rage.  Always anxious and surly.

He never learned to use the internet. Refuses to.  In a world where everyone else is connected 24-7, he's extremely isolated.  Lives alone.  No friends.

He hates everything new.  He hasn't seen the new Wonder Woman movie but he already knows it can't be as good as the old Linda Carter series.  "Old is better than new!" he'll bellow.

Sometimes, i'll fib just a little, stretch the truth about, say, a former geeky coworker.  I'll say that the former coworker just got a new great job and is making lots of money, and has a cute new girlfriend.  The Asshole hates hearing that; he'll spend the rest of the day mumbling with visible rage.  Because, as far as i can tell, the ONLY thing that makes him happy is hearing bad news about other people.  If i told him that geeky coworker was unemployed, miserable, hooked on heroin, and suicidal -- why, he'd love that.  He's chuckle all day long and ask me repeatedly for additional details.  He'd chew on the news for months, chuckling evilly at the knowledge that someone else was failing.

He's 100% pure Asshole.

The good thing is, seeing every possible negative human trait personified in a single man -- hatred, jealousy, pettiness, laziness, fear, annoyed anger, deceptiveness, boastfulness... inspires me to be a better person.  A more positive person.  All the darkness is leaving me and being absorbed by him, like some kinda weird Twin Peaks thing, you dig?
 
2017-09-20 10:59:41 PM  
On the one hand, Linda Carter is a farking babe and I've released many baby seeds to her image.

But on the other hand, Gal Gadot is a beauty like we've never had before. She is so amazingly beautiful that it calls into question whether there is a god running this show because if there were all men would have one of her.
 
2017-09-20 11:01:14 PM  
No, We're Dicks!
 
2017-09-20 11:04:10 PM  
Here is the thing I notice that I am getting nastier and nastier to some people, seriously I was never a mild mannered person but I could control it...now I am just like "what the fark" all the time as people do stupid things or approve or moronic ideas.  Now I am not just thinking they don't agree with me but I am talking the level of "how do you convert O2 into CO2 successfully"?
 
2017-09-20 11:09:01 PM  

Zul the Magnificent: "Explosion of assholes" is a rather unfortunate turn of phrase, isn't it.


Not to mention the a*$holism "trickle-down effect" . . .
 
2017-09-20 11:23:32 PM  
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2017-09-20 11:24:09 PM  
I have a Nephew that works at a UC College. They just got a directive to follow in their email. He's surrounded by assholes.
https://gradschool.cornell.edu/sites/gradschool.cornell.edu/files/E4F​C​_EducatorTop10.pdf
 
2017-09-20 11:32:46 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.


I figured that trick out in Highschool.....

When I was a freshman in highschool there was a junior girl who was a soft 6. Okay face, okay body, nothing special other than a nice smile.... And she used that smile. She smiled and said hi or nodded at basically everyone. Every freshman and sophmore, and most junior guys, who weren't gay and didn't have a girlfriend had a crush on her. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

When I was a sophmore I moved to another school. There was a junior guy who was probably a 6. He had a good smile and he used it too. He smiled and nodded at everyone. Every freshman, sophmore, and most junior girls, who weren't gay and didn't have a boyfriend had a crush on him. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

I started doing the same in highschool.... My smile wasn't nearly as good as theirs, so the results weren't so dramatic, but it definitely improved my overall standing in school, and I did get some attention from a few girls out of it.

I now smile, nod, and say Hi to everyone at work and that I have to interact with for other reasons, and it definitely pays off. People are much more friendly in general to me than I see them being to many others.
 
2017-09-20 11:49:46 PM  

Trik: I don't believe there is really that many more assholes. It's just with most people carrying a camera, video and audio recorder and the ability to distribute it world wide in real time. Just makes them all that more apparent. You get maximum exposure from everywhere in the world. It feels like you're being bludgeoned by it sometimes.


Being nice is expected and turns into background noise. Not being nice stands out among the background noise and you remember it more clearly.

We humans are wired to react to threats much more than react to kindness.
 
2017-09-20 11:53:43 PM  

jsmilky: Better to be an Asshole than a Pussy


I think you are late for your MGTOW meeting.
 
2017-09-20 11:58:21 PM  

iaazathot: jsmilky: Better to be an Asshole than a Pussy

I think you are late for your MGTOW meeting.


Jeez what time was it. I've been too busy going my own way.
 
2017-09-21 12:12:06 AM  

arentol: AverageAmericanGuy: I've been making an effort to be kinder to people and more considerate in all my social interactions.

I've found the response to be very positive. I smile and say Hello, and people smile back and say Hello.

If society is filling up with assholes, I hope I am something that represents the opposite of that.

I figured that trick out in Highschool.....

When I was a freshman in highschool there was a junior girl who was a soft 6. Okay face, okay body, nothing special other than a nice smile.... And she used that smile. She smiled and said hi or nodded at basically everyone. Every freshman and sophmore, and most junior guys, who weren't gay and didn't have a girlfriend had a crush on her. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

When I was a sophmore I moved to another school. There was a junior guy who was probably a 6. He had a good smile and he used it too. He smiled and nodded at everyone. Every freshman, sophmore, and most junior girls, who weren't gay and didn't have a boyfriend had a crush on him. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

I started doing the same in highschool.... My smile wasn't nearly as good as theirs, so the results weren't so dramatic, but it definitely improved my overall standing in school, and I did get some attention from a few girls out of it.

I now smile, nod, and say Hi to everyone at work and that I have to interact with for other reasons, and it definitely pays off. People are much more friendly in general to me than I see them being to many others.


+1 Smart. Help them and everyone you meet at every opportunity, it will pay off in the end.
I retired at the end of February because the new management wouldn't support us to do our job. Worked with lots of people for 37 years, many of them only through email or phone calls over the years. I met a few in person, but sadly, due to the nature of the job, most were remote contacts. On my last day, during out-processing, I made it my mission to visit as many of them as I could find, you wouldn't believe how many ladies gave me hugs and how many of the guys wanted to shake my hand because I was one of the few people who treated them like fellow humans. Almost made me want to stay, just because I made their lives a little better. All of them told me, if I ever need anything, just call and it's mine for the asking.
 
2017-09-21 12:21:28 AM  

jsmilky: Better to be an Asshole than a Pussy


If it wasn't for pussy, your asshole wouldn't be here.
 
2017-09-21 12:26:44 AM  

Trik: I don't believe there is really that many more assholes. It's just with most people carrying a camera, video and audio recorder and the ability to distribute it world wide in real time. Just makes them all that more apparent. You get maximum exposure from everywhere in the world. It feels like you're being bludgeoned by it sometimes.


Yep, when you think about it, human history is replete with assholes. Infact, I dare say, human history is a history of assholes.
 
2017-09-21 12:45:54 AM  

jsmilky: Better to be an Asshole than a Pussy


Gary Johnson disagrees.

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/Dicks4Life
 
2017-09-21 01:07:28 AM  
I like the posts here about perception. I find I have a negative perception of people sometimes since all my friends moved off or abandoned me. Guess I could use that mindset to try and get over my social anxiety.

On the asshole side of things I find Facebook to be a big cause. Some people I know/used to talk to know make everything about them
 
2017-09-21 01:12:14 AM  
Socrofece:

Sometimes, i'll fib just a little, stretch the truth about, say, a former geeky coworker.  I'll say that the former coworker just got a new great job and is making lots of money, and has a cute new girlfriend.  The Asshole hates hearing that; he'll spend the rest of the day mumbling with visible rage.

So you make stuff up to torture some dude who is either mentally unstable or who has had difficult times in life and he's the asshole?

/You're not helping.jpg
 
2017-09-21 01:16:38 AM  

Phony_Soldier: Socrofece:

Sometimes, i'll fib just a little, stretch the truth about, say, a former geeky coworker.  I'll say that the former coworker just got a new great job and is making lots of money, and has a cute new girlfriend.  The Asshole hates hearing that; he'll spend the rest of the day mumbling with visible rage.

So you make stuff up to torture some dude who is either mentally unstable or who has had difficult times in life and he's the asshole?

/You're not helping.jpg


Darwin will take care of that when the guy decides shoot up the office, this dick head will be first..
 
2017-09-21 01:28:05 AM  

ArmednHammered: Phony_Soldier: Socrofece:

Sometimes, i'll fib just a little, stretch the truth about, say, a former geeky coworker.  I'll say that the former coworker just got a new great job and is making lots of money, and has a cute new girlfriend.  The Asshole hates hearing that; he'll spend the rest of the day mumbling with visible rage.

So you make stuff up to torture some dude who is either mentally unstable or who has had difficult times in life and he's the asshole?

/You're not helping.jpg

Darwin will take care of that when the guy decides shoot up the office, this dick head will be first..


I think I've known enough men who've been traumatized by war, divorce, and illness that if I see an asshole, I just assume that dude (or even a female) has had a tough life. I usually go out of my way to be nice to them, but if they are "evil" toxic then I try to limit contact with them.
 
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