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2014-07-03 08:34:17 PM  
Well, that ought to be freakin' obvious.

I was doing something dangerous the other day -- thinking -- and recalled when I was a kid around 10 growing up. Those were happy times. Yeah, the cold war was looming, we were in the Korean War but people were generally happy!

Now, don't jump on my arse about racism and civil rights. It existed but in my small town, it wasn't the big thing as in other places. Our high school was integrated before it became law and we had more problems with white trash rednecks than anyone else.

Besides, that's not the point I'm trying to make.

People were happier, more secure, pleased with the Great Scientific Advances happening every day, marveling at the new, free government mandated vaccination against Polio, which promised to wipe the nasty disease off the face of the earth, neighbors mainly got along, you trusted the company you bought your car from and your home town bank would give you a loan based on your word.

Air was clean, water was also, the land was rich and plentiful, oil companies were like big brothers, gas was cheap and tons of new chemicals and products were appearing based on crude. You never locked your car doors when shopping in town. Most folks never locked their home doors. Crime was low. Jobs were plentiful and companies often hired kids during summer break to let them make some spending money, even if they actually didn't need the extra help.

Schools were run wisely. Parents participated. Those old Bell Telephones were so durable, that not only could you pass them down along generations, but I suspect they'd survive a nuclear explosion.

If you fell over on the street, a dozen strangers would show up to help you. Hobos passed through town, causing no problems, often doing odd jobs for a meal. You respected and trusted the policeman, fireman, mailman but took politicians with kind of a grain of salt.

You never heard of a bank robbery in my town until sometime in the 70's. We had a town drunk -- not drunks. Just like in Mayberry.

The TV only got three channels and went off the air at midnight. Radio stations were mainly AM and played music, with few talk shows.

Most of all, my area was rich with wild life and wild woods, ample room and at night I could see the vast canopy of stars, hear a distant freight train sounding it's deliciously lonely horn, and, in the early evening, watch our yard become a magical place from swarms of Fireflies.

During the day, I wandered through fields where thousands of multicolored Dragonflies hovered and flew, often pausing inches from my face to inspect me.

Our food was safe. The government was good. Our jobs were good. Being loyal to a company actually meant something. Medical care did not bankrupt you and was steadily improving. Once you paid for your home, it was yours forever.

The rivers, streams, lagoons and oceans were just packed with fish. Sunlight was healthy.

Now, it's all shiat!

You can't trust anyone! Big Business is out to get you in 1000 ways and they don't care if their product kills you. Government is corrupt, full of special interest groups and being loyal to a company means nothing anymore. Health care has become obnoxiously costly for a dozen reasons, you food will kill you, the air is poison, so is the water, the ample fish are endangered, sunlight will turn you into a cancerous mass and your neighbor might be a perv.

TV and Radio are on all day long and keep filling the airwaves with conspiracy theories, stories of horrible crimes, greed and just simple hostility.

You local government can take your home for any reason they choose.

My neighborhood is now packed to capacity with homes. I can't see all of the stars at night due to light pollution, that distant train is rarely heard since the city passed laws muting the horn because it disturbed people.

You lock up everything these days -- and still someone may break in and take what you have.

Stories pour in of global unrest, genocide and evil things. I rarely see even a few Fireflies because their breeding grounds have been paved over and equally few Dragonflies.

Folks seem determined to irritate the hell out of each other driving around with stereo systems in their cars up so loud that they rattle your windows from a block away -- and then they get upset if you confront them because they have rights.

What food is not probably going to kill you, give you cancer or make you sick? Water is no longer pure, nor is the land and you can pretty well forget about the air.

Schools are run by idiots, backed by moronic parents and supported by the government. A college education now costs so much that only the rich can afford it. Businesses fire needed employees and forget about them hiring not really needed school kids during the summer months.

You can't trust anyone or anything.

You get told that time and time again from all sources of information.

And, you wonder why folks are unhappy.
 
2014-07-03 08:53:05 PM  

Rik01: Well, that ought to be freakin' obvious.

I was doing something dangerous the other day -- thinking -- and recalled when I was a kid around 10 growing up. Those were happy times. Yeah, the cold war was looming, we were in the Korean War but people were generally happy!

Now, don't jump on my arse about racism and civil rights. It existed but in my small town, it wasn't the big thing as in other places. Our high school was integrated before it became law and we had more problems with white trash rednecks than anyone else.

Besides, that's not the point I'm trying to make.

People were happier, more secure, pleased with the Great Scientific Advances happening every day, marveling at the new, free government mandated vaccination against Polio, which promised to wipe the nasty disease off the face of the earth, neighbors mainly got along, you trusted the company you bought your car from and your home town bank would give you a loan based on your word.

Air was clean, water was also, the land was rich and plentiful, oil companies were like big brothers, gas was cheap and tons of new chemicals and products were appearing based on crude. You never locked your car doors when shopping in town. Most folks never locked their home doors. Crime was low. Jobs were plentiful and companies often hired kids during summer break to let them make some spending money, even if they actually didn't need the extra help.

Schools were run wisely. Parents participated. Those old Bell Telephones were so durable, that not only could you pass them down along generations, but I suspect they'd survive a nuclear explosion.

If you fell over on the street, a dozen strangers would show up to help you. Hobos passed through town, causing no problems, often doing odd jobs for a meal. You respected and trusted the policeman, fireman, mailman but took politicians with kind of a grain of salt.

You never heard of a bank robbery in my town until sometime in the 70's. We had a town drunk -- not drunks. Jus ...



Here is a handy condensed version.

cdn.theatlantic.com

The Corporations are in bed with the politicians and the politicians control the Cops.

i.chzbgr.com

exitcavehere.com became  static.onemansblog.com
 
2014-07-03 08:55:57 PM  
Caddell is now a regular Fox News contributor.

Red flag alert.

Caddell and a team of allies are using the study as a springboard to launch We Need Smith, a populist version of the No Labels effort that flopped in its campaign to draw a corporate, centrist presidential candidate into the 2012 election with the promise of tens of millions of dollars in backing.

You mean the election in which we had two corporate centrist presidential candidates? Yeah we really needed a third one.

We Need Smith is also being led by Bob Perkins, a former senior official with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee, and Scott Miller, founder of the Sawyer/Miller Group and a marketing and communications consultant who has worked in both Republican and Democratic national campaigns. There is clearly a sizable chunk of money behind the effort, though Caddell declined to specify the source or its specific motivations.

A sizable chunk of dark money behind a grassroots campaign? This smells like Tea Party 2.

The reason the country is unhappy is because due to gerrymandering and voter apathy in off-year elections, and due to lots of money in local and state races, the majority isn't in power.

We don't need a new POTUS, really. Obama tried to negotiate with the GOP for years and got stonewalled.

And we don't even need a complete overhaul of government at he federal level, really. We need rule by Democratic majority in all three branches. For the next two decades. We need progressives to take over Washington.
 
2014-07-03 09:12:43 PM  
Rik01: Wall of text

Dude, I kind of get your point but...there were all kinds of awful problems in the 50s 60s and 70s. How about lead in your gasoline, denied by Big Oil? What about asbestos? How about Cigarettes were healthy, SMOKE, you should beat your wife, rampant homophobia and racism, unsafe cars. Cops weren't so nice to black people back in the day, especially in the South. I recall something about fire hoses.

GE was polluting the Hudson as early as the 60s and knew about the dangers. CO2 emissions were on the rise even then. The environment was certainly better worldwide, but things were already starting to shift.

How about the Cold War? What about the overwhelming fear of the bomb over everyone's head? What about McCarthyism?

Mostly though, the economy was in full swing in that era because the US had come out of WWII in the best shape of any major nation. That advantage lasted a while but not forever.

Nicer to each other? I dunno. I'm pretty nice to most people I know. It depends on where you live I think. We live in greater fear because media has taught us that bad things happen, because assholes can now find each other on the internet, and people will sue at the drop of the hat probably because no one has any kind of retirement or pension left. That's pure and simple inequality.

Helping poor people out? Well in the 50s a lot of older people still remembered what it was like to live in the Depression. It sucked.

Yes we built stuff to last. Like you know, all those 50s and 60s cars that would rust after 2-3 years. Come on dude.

A lot of stuff is still built to last, it's just the mentality has changed to needing the new shiny gadget. Blame a change in consumer behavior after being inundated with targeted ads for decades.

The world is better. The world is worse. Right now we're in a time of upheaval, but we go on. We try to make the world as good as it can be.
 
2014-07-03 09:51:47 PM  
FTFA: Candidate Smith," who ran on a platform of fundamental reform. Smith won in a landslide, taking more votes than Clinton and Christie combined -- 55, 24 and 12 percent, respectively.

Did the survey actually dictate what those fundamental reforms were?  If it didn't list the changes, and detail how the candidate would accomplish them, this is bullshiat.  Everyone wants change, but not everyone wants the same change or that change brought about in the same way.

A conservative leaning person may think that the fundamental reforms we need are outlawing abortion, lowering taxes on the 'job creators' and corporations, repealing the ACA, and banning gay marriage.

A liberal leaning person may think that the fundamental reforms we need are higher minimum wages, universal single payer health care, comprehensive immigration reform with eased entrance and amnesty, higher taxes on the wealthy and capital gains, and equal rights for everyone, man, woman, gay, straight, whatever.

Both want reform, both want change, both may say 'Yes, I want the guy in charge who will bring that change' but both have diametrically opposed mental pictures of the type of person that they want to bring that change.
 
2014-07-03 10:19:39 PM  
img4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-07-03 10:21:39 PM  
In before Obama's fault?
 
2014-07-03 10:23:46 PM  
The problem is everyone is pissed off, but no two people can agree on what the problem is, or what the solution should be. At least not enough to form a cohesive counter culture movement, let alone start a revolution.
 
2014-07-03 10:25:37 PM  

Rik01: Well, that ought to be freakin' obvious.

I was doing something dangerous the other day -- thinking -- and recalled when I was a kid around 10 growing up. Those were happy times. Yeah, the cold war was looming, we were in the Korean War but people were generally happy!

Now, don't jump on my arse about racism and civil rights. It existed but in my small town, it wasn't the big thing as in other places. Our high school was integrated before it became law and we had more problems with white trash rednecks than anyone else.

Besides, that's not the point I'm trying to make.

People were happier, more secure, pleased with the Great Scientific Advances happening every day, marveling at the new, free government mandated vaccination against Polio, which promised to wipe the nasty disease off the face of the earth, neighbors mainly got along, you trusted the company you bought your car from and your home town bank would give you a loan based on your word.

Air was clean, water was also, the land was rich and plentiful, oil companies were like big brothers, gas was cheap and tons of new chemicals and products were appearing based on crude. You never locked your car doors when shopping in town. Most folks never locked their home doors. Crime was low. Jobs were plentiful and companies often hired kids during summer break to let them make some spending money, even if they actually didn't need the extra help.

Schools were run wisely. Parents participated. Those old Bell Telephones were so durable, that not only could you pass them down along generations, but I suspect they'd survive a nuclear explosion.

If you fell over on the street, a dozen strangers would show up to help you. Hobos passed through town, causing no problems, often doing odd jobs for a meal. You respected and trusted the policeman, fireman, mailman but took politicians with kind of a grain of salt.

You never heard of a bank robbery in my town until sometime in the 70's. We had a town drunk -- not drunks. Jus ...


I'm assuming that's copy pasta. It's pretty much 100 percent bullshiat. Pollution was a MAJOR problem in much of America in the '50s and '60s, thus the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts that somewhat fixed that. Schools routinely beat kids (or raped them, in Catholic schools). There are a lot of things today that suck, mostly caused by corporate money corrupting politics and the food supply, and fear-mongering media causing parents to stop their kids from getting any exercise, but compared to the list of stuff that sucked in 1960, it's nothing.
 
2014-07-03 10:26:34 PM  
Sounds like a bunch of uppity serfs up in here.

/welcome to the neo-gilded age, biatches
//bathe your 18 + daughters, and bring them to me
///serving the slashie brings freedom
 
2014-07-03 10:28:23 PM  
However, if Obama states that we're all dissatisfied then Americans are now all satisfied in order to spite him.
 
2014-07-03 10:28:34 PM  
The man behind the latest study is Patrick Caddell, who found similar, if less intense, levels of alienation as the pollster for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern in the early 1970s. McGovern used Caddell's finding to launch an outsider bid to claim the primary, before going on to lose to Richard Nixon. Caddell went on to find deep distrust within the American people in subsequent years, advising President Jimmy Carter to give his famous "malaise" speech less than a decade later. Caddell is now a regular Fox News contributor.

That is an amazing resume of failing upwards. Did he suggest to Coke they needed an updated formula? What else has this man had his hands in?
 
2014-07-03 10:28:54 PM  

Rik01: Well, that ought to be freakin' obvious.

I was doing something dangerous the other day -- thinking -- and recalled when I was a kid around 10 growing up. Those were happy times. Yeah, the cold war was looming, we were in the Korean War but people were generally happy!

Now, don't jump on my arse about racism and civil rights. It existed but in my small town, it wasn't the big thing as in other places. Our high school was integrated before it became law and we had more problems with white trash rednecks than anyone else.

Besides, that's not the point I'm trying to make.

People were happier, more secure, pleased with the Great Scientific Advances happening every day, marveling at the new, free government mandated vaccination against Polio, which promised to wipe the nasty disease off the face of the earth, neighbors mainly got along, you trusted the company you bought your car from and your home town bank would give you a loan based on your word.

Air was clean, water was also, the land was rich and plentiful, oil companies were like big brothers, gas was cheap and tons of new chemicals and products were appearing based on crude. You never locked your car doors when shopping in town. Most folks never locked their home doors. Crime was low. Jobs were plentiful and companies often hired kids during summer break to let them make some spending money, even if they actually didn't need the extra help.

Schools were run wisely. Parents participated. Those old Bell Telephones were so durable, that not only could you pass them down along generations, but I suspect they'd survive a nuclear explosion.

If you fell over on the street, a dozen strangers would show up to help you. Hobos passed through town, causing no problems, often doing odd jobs for a meal. You respected and trusted the policeman, fireman, mailman but took politicians with kind of a grain of salt.

You never heard of a bank robbery in my town until sometime in the 70's. We had a town drunk -- not drunks. Jus ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM this is why.
 
2014-07-03 10:30:17 PM  

Now I Is!: The problem is everyone is pissed off, but no two people can agree on what the problem is, or what the solution should be. At least not enough to form a cohesive counter culture movement, let alone start a revolution.


Sure they can.  Everyone will agree that it isn't *their* fault.  It's that other guy!  He's a moron!  It's just common sense!

/ derp
 
2014-07-03 10:31:12 PM  

Now I Is!: The problem is everyone is pissed off, but no two people can agree on what the problem is, or what the solution should be. At least not enough to form a cohesive counter culture movement, let alone start a revolution.


also this.
 
2014-07-03 10:33:45 PM  

some_beer_drinker: Now I Is!: The problem is everyone is pissed off, but no two people can agree on what the problem is, or what the solution should be. At least not enough to form a cohesive counter culture movement, let alone start a revolution.

also this.


Looks like someone wants to visit the agony chamber.
 
2014-07-03 10:34:12 PM  

Lonestar: In before Obama's fault?


He's merely standing on the shoulders of giants in liberty stealing shiatstains
 
2014-07-03 10:38:57 PM  
I don't know about the rest of you but I think this article and all of your comments suck.

/checking dissatisfied on survey.
 
2014-07-03 10:39:20 PM  
I'm dissatisfied with links to HuffPost stories.
 
2014-07-03 10:41:18 PM  
 
2014-07-03 10:43:38 PM  
This thread sucks. Fark you subby.
 
2014-07-03 10:45:50 PM  

farkingismybusiness: This thread sucks. Fark you subby.


you sound slightly dissatisfied. try the veal.
 
2014-07-03 10:49:16 PM  
What about people who are deeply unhappy because they sincerely believe that the president does not meet the citizenship requirements to hold the office, and that he's a Moslem, and quite probably homosexual as well?

What about people who are very unhappy and mistrustful of government because they believe that, rather than allowing homosexuals to marry, they really ought to all be in jail?

Things that make those sorts of people unhappy usually make me happy.
 
2014-07-03 10:49:22 PM  
So weird,  I think the world is becoming a better place everyday.  *shrug*
 
2014-07-03 10:50:44 PM  
I'm pretty satisfied with my life
 
2014-07-03 10:51:44 PM  
America: single richest country in the world, full of fat ignorant idiots who whine about everything.

If I were president, I'd make it law that at 16 you get dumped into a war zone like South Sudan with nothing but a change of underwear, and if you make it back to America alive you get to stay.
 
2014-07-03 10:54:25 PM  
The study asked Americans about a hypothetical election among former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and "Candidate Smith," who ran on a platform of fundamental reform. Smith won in a landslide, taking more votes than Clinton and Christie combined -- 55, 24 and 12 percent, respectively.

Well, sure -- Americans would love Candidate Smith. Until they started getting bombarded with whatever bullshiat the established parties' propaganda machines started churning out. Then they'd quickly fall back into line, like the useful idiots that they are.
 
2014-07-03 10:54:29 PM  
Sooo... Time to burn everything down?

dl.dropboxusercontent.com

/It's bound to happen sooner or later.
/Might as well get on with it while we're still young enough to enjoy the show.
/Leave it to the kids and they'll chuck all their ideals for free internet or something.
 
2014-07-03 10:55:20 PM  

with great power comes great insanity: America: single richest country in the world, full of fat ignorant idiots who whine about everything.

If I were president, I'd make it law that at 16 you get dumped into a war zone like South Sudan with nothing but a change of underwear, and if you make it back to America alive you get to stay.


But, the real excitement of course is going to come at the end of the summer, during Sexual Awareness week. We import two hundred hookers from around the world, and each camper, armed with only a thermos of coffee and two thousand dollars cash, tries to visit as many countries as he can. The winner of course is named King of Sexual Awareness week and is allowed to rape and pillage the neighboring towns until camp ends.
 
2014-07-03 10:56:14 PM  

some_beer_drinker: farkingismybusiness: This thread sucks. Fark you subby.

you sound slightly dissatisfied. try the veal.


Now is the winter of my slight discontent!!!!
 
2014-07-03 10:58:56 PM  

farkingismybusiness: some_beer_drinker: farkingismybusiness: This thread sucks. Fark you subby.

you sound slightly dissatisfied. try the veal.

Now is the winter of my slight discontent!!!!


img.fark.net
 
2014-07-03 11:00:19 PM  

Rik01: Well, that ought to be freakin' obvious.

I was doing something dangerous the other day -- thinking -- and recalled when I was a kid around 10 growing up. Those were happy times. Yeah, the cold war was looming, we were in the Korean War but people were generally happy!

-

and on and on and on and on and on

TL;DR:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcX1qA1Etc8
 
2014-07-03 11:01:26 PM  
Americans are whiny douchebags
 
2014-07-03 11:03:50 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Americans are whiny douchebags


www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-07-03 11:04:21 PM  
...especially the HuffPo.
 
2014-07-03 11:06:25 PM  
The media makes everyone miserable. Facebook proved this with that study everyone is whining about.
 
2014-07-03 11:07:20 PM  
Hey, let's ask Emmett Till how great the fifties were?
 
2014-07-03 11:07:41 PM  

with great power comes great insanity: America: single richest country in the world, full of fat ignorant idiots who whine about everything.

If I were president, I'd make it law that at 16 you get dumped into a war zone like South Sudan with nothing but a change of underwear, and if you make it back to America alive you get to stay.


img.fark.net
President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho approves of your plan
 
2014-07-03 11:08:06 PM  

Lonestar: In before Obama's fault?


Pretty much everyone but his.
 
2014-07-03 11:09:37 PM  
bdub77

Dude, I kind of get your point but...there were all kinds of awful problems in the 50s 60s and 70s. How about lead in your gasoline, denied by Big Oil? What about asbestos? How about Cigarettes were healthy, SMOKE, you should beat your wife, rampant homophobia and racism, unsafe cars. Cops weren't so nice to black people back in the day, especially in the South. I recall something about fire hoses

Exactly what part of 'that's not the point I'm trying to make' did you not understand? I tossed in a disclaimer for ignoring all of the social ills of the 50's so I could concentrate on how the average person felt during that time.

Besides, much of the bad stuff of the 50's did not make it into the public consciousness until the 70's when documentaries became popular, pointing out all of the nasty shiat a lot of folks didn't get the first time around.

BTW, in my town, during segregation, the cops didn't go out of their way to harass the Blacks. They were too busy with the Rednecks.

Kids like I was, who grew up to be the adults of today, didn't know all of that stuff until later. We would start fighting our own battles in the 60's and in Vietnam. Yet, for a precious little point in time, we were not paranoid, hostile near-sociopaths like today.

Yeah. The cars rusted out but they could withstand an impact that would total today's cars. Yes, they could be driven away afterwards, and yes, the occupants might be smeared all over the interior because of no safety belts, padded dash, air bags, crush zones and steering wheels tended to turn into spears.

However, you could tow a tank with one. If I tried to tow anything with my 'modern' car, the 'bumper' would fall off. It's actually a bumper cover. I can't even push another car without causing a couple of grand worth of damage to mine -- and theirs. With my 67 GTO, I could do both with no harm.

Yeah. People were more friendly. I recall going downtown with my folks, shopping, and people were mainly friendly, smiled a lot, actually apologized if they bumped into you and -- something you've probably never seen -- dressed up to go to the store!

Neighbors helped neighbors and if a kid got hurt on a neighbors property while playing, the parents didn't sue the shiat out of them for medical expenses, pain and suffering. They handled it themselves.

Yeah, there were dangers, but the media didn't hammer us with them from every outlet possible and we didn't have a bunch of wild speculators dredging up possible problems to hit us with and add to the pile of worry.

Plus, where I was, we didn't have neighbors jammed up against us so we could hear it every time someone farted next door. Nor did we have the neighbors -- like today -- who decide to go fishing at 5 am and crank up their massive outboard engine to test it before leaving. Then, hours later, arrive home and have it roaring away as they flush it out with fresh water.

We drank heavy iron well water. A few decades later, we had to close the well for three reasons: 1) the density of the neighborhood, each with their own wells, drove the water level way down, 2) 20 homes on a block with 20 septic systems, dumping effluent into the ground started contaminating the ground water and 3), 20 homes with 20 water softeners that used 80 lbs of salt each week started creating a salt build up.

The city ran a water line out our way to hook up to. $2000 a pop. You didn't have to hook up -- but if you didn't, then your house could not be sold until you did.

I miss standing in a field of chin high wild grass and being playfully swarmed by Dragonflies. I miss seeing the Disney Movie-like fantasy at dusk of the mass of Fireflies. I miss seeing the bright and colorful panorama of stars that used to fill the dome of the sky at night.

I also miss hearing the distant laughter of kids on a lazy, hot summer day as I reclined in the shade, in the thick woods and hearing the softer, voices of adults chatting and laughing. I miss the fresh, crisp air and the comfortable feeling of security.

A lot of my friends, adults now, express similar feelings of increased hostility in their environment, paranoia, the annoying boom in population and the noise which comes with it and more than one have had things stolen from them.

Many have reported feeling guilty when doing things they've done forever, but which are now considered bad -- like sun bathing. They feel guilty if they don't sort every bit of their garbage into recyclables.

Many feel guilty if they sit by a kids park, just to enjoy watching the little ones play and laugh, because single males over 40 can be considered pervs for doing that.

I grew up with a freedom you next generations will never experience. I resent like hell the loss of that.
 
2014-07-03 11:10:27 PM  
Bush's fault, Obama is the president but has no responsibility for his administration.  Racist.
 
2014-07-03 11:19:04 PM  
Rik01 -- It only gets worse, so retire and move to an atoll in the Pacific.
 
2014-07-03 11:19:24 PM  
Remember how great it was when you could drive drunk with little to no chance of getting in trouble for it? Sure, it caused a lot of fatalities, but we all gotta go sometime right?
 
2014-07-03 11:19:31 PM  
Except Airplane threads....
 
2014-07-03 11:19:49 PM  
So when are you going to do something about it? Occupy Wall Street was promising but a rather lame affair. Collapsed as soon as the authorities you were protesting against said you couldn't do it.
 
2014-07-03 11:20:17 PM  

paygun: Bush's fault, Obama is the president but has no responsibility for his administration.  Racist.


Shaka, when the walls fell.
 
2014-07-03 11:20:18 PM  
Rik01:

Besides, much of the bad stuff of the 50's did not make it into the public consciousness until the 70's when documentaries became popular, pointing out all of the nasty shiat a lot of folks didn't get the first time around.

The media has grown consistently more reliant on scare tactics and hyperbole to draw ratings.  It's an unfortunately side effect of having 500 channels plus the Internet allowing anyone and everyone to have a public voice - there's a lot of screaming to be heard over the din.

I suppose you could say that ignorance is bliss, but I do prefer knowing what's out there, even if it does make the world seem less perfect.  I would welcome more level headed and honest reporting though, everything can't be the end of the world.

I grew up with a freedom you next generations will never experience. I resent like hell the loss of that.

I imagine every generation feels that to a degree.  I'm a child of the 80s, I was 18 before I had my own cell phone, and it was a basic Nokia that didn't have a camera, apps, or anything like that.  Today we're certainly more connected, but we're also more surveilled both by the government and ourselves, and we risk our mistakes becoming immortalized on YouTube, something that I never had to worry about growing up.

There are tradeoffs to be sure, I'm glad that I had the chance to grow up without social media and ubiquitous cameras and video recording everywhere, but I wouldn't trade the convenience of the digital age to go back to how it was before.

Society evolves, good things often come with bad, and you either roll with it or get run over.
 
2014-07-03 11:22:40 PM  

whatshisname: So when are you going to do something about it? Occupy Wall Street was promising but a rather lame affair. Collapsed as soon as the authorities you were protesting against said you couldn't do it.


I for one intend to sign many online petitions.
 
2014-07-03 11:25:59 PM  
nah i'm good
 
2014-07-03 11:27:15 PM  

Now I Is!: The problem is everyone is pissed off, but no two people can agree on what the problem is, or what the solution should be. At least not enough to form a cohesive counter culture movement, let alone start a revolution.


Huh. If I agree with you, I validate your statement. If I disagree, likewise.

/well played, sir
 
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