Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid

quote [ People who think differently and are willing to speak up if they disagree with you make you smarter, almost as if they are extensions of your own brain. People who try to silence or intimidate their critics make themselves stupider, almost as if they are shooting darts into their own brain. ]

Reform Social Media, they say.
[SFW] [people] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:32pmGMT]


endopol said[1] @ 12:25am GMT on 14th Apr [Score:2]
I remember things being pretty stupid pre-2012.
slaytanik said @ 7:04am GMT on 14th Apr
I think things could always be stupider:
cb361 said @ 8:04am GMT on 14th Apr
You say that now, but what about when you get eaten by the frenzied undead hordes?
slaytanik said @ 8:05am GMT on 14th Apr
Don't you threaten me with a good time
Headlessfriar said @ 8:59am GMT on 14th Apr [Score:2]
The undead are amazing at oral sex because they don't need to come up for air.
Paracetamol said @ 11:55am GMT on 16th Apr
Being old internet people admittedly gives you both views: Condemning the new and recalling the stupidity of the past.
rylex said @ 1:53am GMT on 14th Apr
koala society. got it.
conception said @ 6:25pm GMT on 14th Apr
“[..]Although personally, I think cyberspace means the end of our species."
Yes? Why is that?"
Because it means the end of innovation," Malcolm said. "This idea that the whole world is wired together is mass death. Every biologist knows that small groups in isolation evolve fastest. You put a thousand birds on an ocean island and they'll evolve very fast. You put ten thousand on a big continent, and their evolution slows down. Now, for our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behaviour. We innovate new behaviour to adapt. And everybody on earth knows that innovation only occurs in small groups. Put three people on a committee and they may get something done. Ten people, and it gets harder. Thirty people, and nothing happens. Thirty million, it becomes impossible. That's the effect of mass media - it keeps anything from happening. Mass media swamps diversity. It makes every place the same. Bangkok or Tokyo or London: there's a McDonald's on one corner, a Benetton on another, a Gap across the street. Regional differences vanish. All differences vanish. In a mass-media world, there's less of everything except the top ten books, records, movies, ideas. People worry about losing species diversity in the rain forest. But what about intellectual diversity - our most necessary resource? That's disappearing faster than trees. But we haven't figured that out, so now we're planning to put five billion people together in cyberspace. And it'll freeze the entire species. Everything will stop dead in its tracks. Everyone will think the same thing at the same time. Global uniformity. [..]”
― Michael Crichton, The Lost World
Hugh E. said @ 11:04pm GMT on 14th Apr
Where do the "three people on a committee" get their information?
Would it be accurate to say the wide range of radio signals precludes radio stations?

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