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(NBC News)   90% of Americans think the internet is good for them. The other 10% recognize it for the wretched hive of scum and villainy it is   (nbcnews.com) divider line 40
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2014-02-28 08:35:21 AM  
Don't forget your lightsaber.
 
2014-02-28 08:38:34 AM  
I was going to post a comment about how all tools can be used inappropriately with regard to the 90-10% split on whether or not the internet is good for them, then I saw this:

FTFA: "76 percent: Internet users who say the people they witness or encounter online are "mostly kind" to each other."

That is MUCH higher than I thought it would be. Who knew 76% of people never viewed the "comments" section of any web site?
 
2014-02-28 08:39:16 AM  
I love the internet, and by love I mean that I have sex with it.
 
2014-02-28 08:40:08 AM  
margaretperry.org
already knew that
 
2014-02-28 08:40:52 AM  
I hate the internet. So I've been boycotting it the last 20 years.
 
2014-02-28 08:41:11 AM  
"Barry K. VonBernhard I have no white guilt because my family was not here when the jungle apes were slaves and I support doing the same to Moslems and blacks again. Either that or a final solution once again. Squat on my property and your whole family will be enslaved because of you. Mother, father,sisters,brothers,cousins,grand parents , everyone related to you. Plus your dogs,cats and any animals you have will be destroyed. I will eliminate your name from the face of the earth !" apparently this isn't hate speech, according to Facebook.
 
2014-02-28 08:44:30 AM  
90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?
 
2014-02-28 08:46:17 AM  
FTFA "$75,000: Income level were Internet usage almost becomes ubiquitous."

Obviously the author loves the internet. No need to proofread before you publish! Quality is for the print nerds.
 
2014-02-28 08:48:30 AM  

Alfonse Gregory: FTFA "$75,000: Income level were Internet usage almost becomes ubiquitous."

Obviously the author loves the internet. No need to proofread before you publish! Quality is for the print nerds.


Looks like we gots ourselves a grammar nazi.

cltampa.com
 
2014-02-28 08:49:57 AM  

Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?


I am not sure, but I know the best one
 
2014-02-28 08:50:38 AM  

hardinparamedic: Alfonse Gregory: FTFA "$75,000: Income level were Internet usage almost becomes ubiquitous."

Obviously the author loves the internet. No need to proofread before you publish! Quality is for the print nerds.

Looks like we gots ourselves a grammar nazi.

[cltampa.com image 500x333]


Guilty.
 
2014-02-28 08:50:56 AM  
Why not both?
 
2014-02-28 08:52:49 AM  

Uisce Beatha: Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?

I am not sure, but I know the best one


Is it zombocom?
Click.
Zombocom.
 
2014-02-28 08:54:45 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-28 08:54:48 AM  

Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?


foxnews.com
 
2014-02-28 08:55:12 AM  

Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?


Encyclopedia Dramatica. (NSFW) Or 4chan/b/.
 
2014-02-28 08:55:37 AM  

WinoRhino: I was going to post a comment about how all tools can be used inappropriately with regard to the 90-10% split on whether or not the internet is good for them, then I saw this:

FTFA: "76 percent: Internet users who say the people they witness or encounter online are "mostly kind" to each other."

That is MUCH higher than I thought it would be. Who knew 76% of people never viewed the "comments" section of any web site?


YouTube comments alone suggest this stat is horseshiat.
 
2014-02-28 08:57:09 AM  

sethen320: Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?

foxnews.com


Scary... I was about to type the same thing.


Its bad because it influences people and some people think its real... they don't see it as the right wing branch of the onion.
 
2014-02-28 08:57:46 AM  
/ not a leftie. A centrist.
 
2014-02-28 08:59:44 AM  
As much as I love the Internet, I've noticed that the way I think and process information has changed over the last 15-20 years. My attention span isn't what it used to be.

I say this completely snark-free.
 
2014-02-28 09:05:29 AM  

CleanAndPure: / not a leftie. A centrist.


Same here.
 
2014-02-28 09:09:29 AM  

Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?


Freeperville.
 
2014-02-28 09:10:46 AM  

fizzygillespie: As much as I love the Internet, I've noticed that the way I think and process information has changed over the last 15-20 years. My attention span isn't what it used to be.

I say this completely snark-free.


The worst thing the internet has done is give credibility to snark.  Or well I guess it invented large-scale snark which is a useless thing except for a cheap laugh.  Though that hardly tips the scale toward evil considering all the good things the internet has provided such as the speed of business, information, etc.
 
2014-02-28 09:17:44 AM  
I completely agree that most of the internet is full of people being kind to one another. Just this morning I watched a video online in which some poor woman didn't have enough money for the pizza she ordered. The pizza delivery guy was so kind to her, he helped her work out an alternate method of payment.
 
2014-02-28 09:21:54 AM  

generallyso: Don't forget your lightsaber.


most farkers use still use a modified toliet roll holder
 
2014-02-28 09:25:21 AM  

Son of Thunder: I completely agree that most of the internet is full of people being kind to one another. Just this morning I watched a video online in which some poor woman didn't have enough money for the pizza she ordered. The pizza delivery guy was so kind to her, he helped her work out an alternate method of payment.


I saw the same thing but with a pool boy. Lotsa nice ladies out there.
 
2014-02-28 09:29:02 AM  

Son of Thunder: I completely agree that most of the internet is full of people being kind to one another. Just this morning I watched a video online in which some poor woman didn't have enough money for the pizza she ordered. The pizza delivery guy was so kind to her, he helped her work out an alternate method of payment.


Yes, that poor college girl has hit a bad patch in the road. She later had to summons a plumber through the Internet to fix her sink. Alas, she had no money to pay him.
 
2014-02-28 09:31:34 AM  

Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?


http://nation.foxnews.com/
 
2014-02-28 09:36:28 AM  

99.998er: Son of Thunder: I completely agree that most of the internet is full of people being kind to one another. Just this morning I watched a video online in which some poor woman didn't have enough money for the pizza she ordered. The pizza delivery guy was so kind to her, he helped her work out an alternate method of payment.

Yes, that poor college girl has hit a bad patch in the road. She later had to summons a plumber through the Internet to fix her sink. Alas, she had no money to pay him.


And a wonderful cable repairman fixed a lady's cable for free! They just had to do some dickering first.
 
2014-02-28 09:52:31 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: 99.998er: Son of Thunder: I completely agree that most of the internet is full of people being kind to one another. Just this morning I watched a video online in which some poor woman didn't have enough money for the pizza she ordered. The pizza delivery guy was so kind to her, he helped her work out an alternate method of payment.

Yes, that poor college girl has hit a bad patch in the road. She later had to summons a plumber through the Internet to fix her sink. Alas, she had no money to pay him.

And a wonderful cable repairman fixed a lady's cable for free! They just had to do some dickering first.


You could say she "did the needful".
 
2014-02-28 10:28:46 AM  
I wanted to be on the internet because it is awesome and good for me.

I stayed because of the scum and villainy.

/thanks, Obama
 
2014-02-28 10:32:05 AM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Uisce Beatha: Jim.Casy: 90% of Americans have never been to 4chan. Or Fark, for that matter.

What  is the worst website on the interwebs?

I am not sure, but I know the best one

Is it zombocom?
Click.
Zombocom.


i also very love zombo.com. there, anything is possible. it is awesome.
 
2014-02-28 11:11:01 AM  
Happy 25th birthday, internet!

img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-02-28 11:58:26 AM  

WinoRhino: I was going to post a comment about how all tools can be used inappropriately with regard to the 90-10% split on whether or not the internet is good for them, then I saw this:

FTFA: "76 percent: Internet users who say the people they witness or encounter online are "mostly kind" to each other."

That is MUCH higher than I thought it would be. Who knew 76% of people never viewed the "comments" section of any web site?


Once you've seen one climate change thread, you've seen them all. Same trolls, same astroturfing, same Fark Conservatives, same John Snow. Well, maybe not John Snow. He has a job I understand.
 
2014-02-28 11:58:45 AM  
A state senator of ours called the internet a cess pool a few years ago. And as it turns out, he was right.
 
2014-02-28 12:09:06 PM  

fizzygillespie: As much as I love the Internet, I've noticed that the way I think and process information has changed over the last 15-20 years. My attention span isn't what it used to be.

I say this completely snark-free.


I still sit down and read books. In fact, I still buy some of my favourite books in hardcover and read them on my Kindle and at home. The proper price for an e-book should be the difference between the cost of the hard-cover before e-books and hard-covers now. I'll usually pay $10 or less for a book I can get at $20 to $30 compared to $30 or $40 before Amazon and Google and iTunes. There's a pleasure in the physical book, the reading lamp, the comfy bed, sofa or chair that can't be matched by the internet although I have been reading books on the Internet since the early 1990s.

I recommend that you force yourself to do one thing at a time and to read and think off line.

It will preserve your attention span and many other values.

My big loss from the Internet is the time to read, to watch TV, and to walk, especially the latter.

I used to walk for a couple of hours in the evening, listening to my music on a Walkman or even to the radio although the commercials and the dullness of the music and chatter quickly drove me away from the radio unless I lucked out and found a great program.

I walk 2.5 km to and from work (for a respectable daily total over 5 km), but I could use more time away from my chair.

I frequently have a book and websites open at the same time, and often I watch a TV show or movie at the same time. But I do give the better books the honour of my full attention.

Unless you have an addictive personality or are avoiding the real world, you can integrate media into a healthy lifestyle.

We need to make sure that books, newspapers and magazines survive just in case the internet decides to swallow the world and die some day through human folly or natural disaster. I am worried that we are going to lose brick and mortar stores altogether. This is efficiency but it is not resilience and resilience is the higher value.

BEWARE THE STEALERS OF SLACK. The Internet is a powerful servant but a terrible master.
 
2014-02-28 12:10:40 PM  
Subby could always go outside instead...
 
2014-02-28 12:44:44 PM  
The Internet is both a blessing and a curse. It can link peoples across the globe and disprove or confirm stereotypes, go beyond politics and become a bastion of truth or a confusing web of lies.

We know a lot more about each other now. The Internet has opened up access to places many of us would never physically visit. We can learn of traditions and basic habits of other nationalities and the rich histories of many places not usually covered beyond their borders.

We can get the opinions of billions of people on many topics, view the lifestyles that are radically different from our own and see places and things that we would normally never view.

However, with the technology to open the doors of communication and understanding globally, there is a price.

We are now more watched by assorted government information agencies than ever before. Businesses track and analyze our actions, forming a psychological profile to target us with ads and our personal records are online, where anyone with the right skills can access them. Not only can entire correspondence be intercepted and copied but so can our videos, pictures, places we've investigated and any 'dirty little secrets' we indulge in that might be used against us as necessary.

We've discovered a whole new level to the Lunatic Fringe, finding intelligent individuals of all nationalities clamoring to defend some of the most absurd and inappropriate opinions ever. An entirely new level of commercial lying has been developed and disgusting, once hidden peccadilloes often bordering on the insane have come to light.

Clear cut rights and wrongs have become shadowed and are now hundreds of levels of gray. National heroes have had their unpleasant secrets exposed and Glorious Wars of the Oppressed have turned out to have been triggered by just a few, greedy individuals who convinced millions to go die for them.

Not only has extensive levels of political intrigue been exposed, but the behind the scenes power grabs and manipulations by those whose only goal is money and power through business, where the consumer is only a pawn.

We now can find documents and records of man's inhumanity to man and find that a human life is not priceless after all, but about as valuable as a grain of rice in a freight car full of the stuff.

With so many outlets available for people's opinions, it's now harder than ever to get heard because everyone else is on there shouting also. Often our attention span is limited to maybe 5 or 6 lines of type.

We can find examples of stunning accomplishments, wonderful examples of people working together to solve a problem and unlikely heroes whose quiet touch can and has changed the course of a nation. We can learn of nearly magical advances in technology and now look out beyond the atmosphere and actually see what it's like on distant worlds or go to the bottom of the sea and examine the wonders found there.

We can also now view more of our history than ever before and learn of the billions who were slaughtered needlessly, soldiers and civilians alike turn up in long forgotten graves and in some areas of the world, the ground is basically littered with the remains of our ancestors.

There are times when too much information is not a good thing, especially if one is not equipped to sort and deal with it in perspective.

Then, there are those who will willingly gather and hoard information to advance their own means at the expense of others or take previously innocent, good technology and warp it for use in criminal activities.

So, the Internet is both a Curse and a Blessing. I found out about these wonderful hand carved soap flowers, delicately scented and beautifully colored. I also got to lean how to make fragmentation pipe bombs out of household items designed to maximize deep tissue injuries to a foe or someone you're just annoyed with.

I was pleased when cheap hand lasers popped up, having found them far to expensive to own as a kid. I was not pleased when morons decided to aim these powerful little devices at the pilots of passenger jets coming in for tricky landings.

All from the Internet.
 
2014-02-28 02:05:56 PM  
You know, I can name offhandedly a good four or five ways the internet has drastically changed my life for the better. I'm autistic, so some of those ways are 'learned to interact like a normal human being', but other things like 'learning accurate history' or 'being able to find cultural information that doesn't cost me two hundred plus and later turn out to be total bullshiat' would apply to anyone. The internet's a pretty great place.
 
2014-02-28 07:44:19 PM  
brantgoose:

Oh, I read all of the time. I probably clear a book every 4-7 days. I also have my MFA in Creative Writing, so I'm writing all of the time. Plus I keep a daily journal, so I'm writing every day.

And I am very anti-e-reader.

And, when the weather is nice, I'm always outside.

But yeah, I don't listen to as much music as I used to. And there is just TOO much TV to keep track of. Growing up, I was often bored. I'm not bored anymore. There's far too much competing for my attention.

So what's the problem?

I often feel fuzzy-headed. The clarity of my thinking isn't what it once was. I don't feel as creative as I used to. And my vocabulary has taken a hit (I don't have access to the words I used to use readily).

That's what I mean.
 
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