Saturday, July 02, 2005

My First Meme

I've been blogging for close to a year, now (9 months, to be exact), and I've yet to participate in a single one of those infernal blog memes, but I'm going to break down and do this one. This is partly because it was started by Richard, whom I like, and continued by Lindsay and Brandon, whom I also like. It's also because Richard touts it as a potentially rich source of data for social scientists. I'm not so sure about that in this case (the political test, at least, seems kind of silly), I've been very interested in the dynamics of internet communities, lately, and I want to encourage blogger participation in projects like this one. Trust me, in the next few years, sociologists and social psychologists are going to be all over the blogosphere, conducting research that requires blogger participation. We might as well get used to it now.

The meme involves two tests, the links to which are at the end of this post. The first is a personality test (I recommend the long one -- I took both, just to see how similar the answers were, and while the trends were the same, the numbers were sometimes quite different). My results are not really surprising. I'm introverted, liberal, sympathetic, messy, and a melancholy, brooding intellectual who loves art. Much of that you could probably have guessed from this blog. The second test is a political test. Not much of a surprise there, either, with me being fairly far to the left, and down at the libertarian end of the spectrum. So, without further ado, here they are. At the end, you'll find the instructions to participate in Richard's meme yourself.


Age: 29
Gender: Male
Location: United States
Religion: None
Occupation: Scientist
Began blogging (dd/mm/yy): 09/03/05

Political Compass results
Left/Right: -5.63
Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.54

IPIP-NEO results

Friendliness 10
Gregariousness 2
Assertiveness 70
Activity Level 34
Excitement-Seeking 41
Cheerfulness 28

Trust 29
Morality 94
Altruism 90
Co-operation 84
Modesty 96
Sympathy 99

Self-Efficacy 85
Orderliness 1
Dutifulness 45
Achievement-Striving 79
Self-Discipline 28
Cautiousness 71

Anxiety 18
Anger 18
Depression 87
Self-Consciousness 81
Immoderation 14
Vulnerability 9

Imagination 84
Artistic Interests 95
Emotionality 99
Adventurousness 98
Intellect 91
Liberalism 98


Instructions (to join in the experiment):

1) Take the IPIP-NEO personality test and the Political Compass quiz, if you have not done so already.

2) Copy to the clipboard that section of this post that is between the double lines, and paste it into your blog editor. (Blogger users may wish to use 'compose' mode to preserve formatting and hyperlinks. Otherwise, be sure to add hyperlinks as necessary.)

3) Replace the answers in the "survey" section below with your own.

4) Add your blog information to the "track list", in the form: "Linked title - URL - optional GUID".

5) Any additional comments should go outside of the double lines, including the (optional) nomination of bloggers you wish to pass this experimental meme on to.

6) Post it to your blog!


Track List:
1. Philosophy, et cetera - - pixnaps97a2
2. Mixing Memory


Anonymous said...

Um, your survey says you're 20 but your profile says you're 29?

Blar said...

I also came into the comments to fact-check your personal information. You are not 20 years old and you did not start blogging on March 9, 2005. Try 29 and 03/09/04 (dd/mm/yy).

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