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2021-04-11 9:25:21 AM  
I feel this on a spiritual level.
 
2021-04-11 9:26:31 AM  
I imagine that every day.
 
2021-04-11 9:27:32 AM  
Amen.
 
WGJ [TotalFark]
2021-04-11 9:27:51 AM  
I don't imagine that world, I live in it.
 
2021-04-11 9:28:56 AM  
imagine a world where people don't make cringe song parodies
 
2021-04-11 9:29:01 AM  
The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.
 
2021-04-11 9:31:48 AM  
Lol, imagine what it was like before the internet. I was there. We were monsters to each other then, too.
 
2021-04-11 9:32:06 AM  
Every Sunday, I have a video call with my spread-out family. Today, I'm going to ask them all to quit all social media. I don't know if I'll be successful. Anyone have suggestions?

/If I'm a hypocrite for posting this on Fark, then I'll deal with it
 
2021-04-11 9:32:33 AM  

moothemagiccow: imagine a world where people don't make cringe song parodies


Cringe Song Parodies is my Weird... Oh, I'm on Fark dot com.
 
2021-04-11 9:33:10 AM  
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2021-04-11 9:33:32 AM  

g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.


Exactly! In fact, for all it's negatives, social media has been a force for good change, too. Think of all the evil that's been exposed that would otherwise remain hidden.
 
2021-04-11 9:34:09 AM  
"God" is a better song.
 
2021-04-11 9:34:19 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: [Fark user image 600x776]


Heaven for me.
 
2021-04-11 9:35:25 AM  
Without Twitter where would people go to destroy their lives and advertise their crimes?
 
2021-04-11 9:37:01 AM  

Dedmon: Lol, imagine what it was like before the internet. I was there. We were monsters to each other then, too.


It wasn't as bad, though. The internet has increased the spread of disinformation drastically. There's a reason the Jan 6 coup attempt happened in the internet age.
 
2021-04-11 9:39:36 AM  
But then how would attention whores attention whore?
 
2021-04-11 9:41:00 AM  

g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.


The problem here is that the world when I was growing up wasn't great in a lot of ways that are better today such as race relations, gay rights, environmental pollution, etc.  But it also didn't have monetized and weaponized disinformation at a level where literally a third of America doesn't live in reality and has mobs attempting to overthrow the government on the basis of lies.

Did FB and Twitter help at all with the good things we have today?  I'd argue they did very little if anything on that front- instead, they're some of the primary driving factors behind the total loss of connection to reality that is destroying America.
 
2021-04-11 9:44:44 AM  
I remember after my father passed, my Mom said if it wasn't for Facebook she would have been so lonely.  She was able to see what all the extended family was doing and keep in touch with them. It kept her in touch with the greater world, especially at night when you feel it most.    Social media is just a tool kids.  You have filters at your disposal.  Use them.  Shiatty people will still be there when the internet goes dark.  For myself I love seeing pictures of people's babies, pets, and people's hiking adventures.
 
2021-04-11 9:44:45 AM  

Dedmon: Lol, imagine what it was like before the internet. I was there. We were monsters to each other then, too.


True...but we had more than a 3-second attention span too.
JMHO, but all this information with which we are bombarded leaves no time or energy to actually take it in.
 
2021-04-11 9:46:11 AM  

g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.


People born in 2000 can buy beer now. Facebook has been around since 2003 or so and open to people other than college kids since 2007.

I mean, I guess technically people have memories from being 6, but not memories of what the adult world or the sociopolitical landscape were like.

/OTOH, yeah, people getting their fake news from email forwards wasn't that much better, but at least it was slower.
 
2021-04-11 9:46:34 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: ...

The problem here is that the world when I was growing up wasn't great in a lot of ways that are better today such as race relations, gay rights, environmental pollution, etc.  But it also didn't have monetized and weaponized disinformation at a level where literally a third of America doesn't live in reality and has mobs attempting to overthrow the government on the basis of lies.

Did FB and Twitter help at all with the good things we have today?  I'd argue they did very little if anything on that front- instead, they're some of the primary driving factors behind the total loss of connection to reality that is destroying America.


Don't get me wrong; I despise Facebook and twitter and use neither of them. But to think there wasn't just as much disinformation floating around before they existed is just misinformed. If anything, the disinformation was harder to point out and challenge. Would the Jan. 6 attack have happened without the internet? Probably not. But the Oklahoma City bombing did.
 
2021-04-11 9:48:41 AM  

WGJ: I don't imagine that world, I live in it.


I bet you don't have a TV, either.
 
2021-04-11 9:49:28 AM  
Social media is fine. Follow the things you enjoy, block the rest  I don't have any political bs or negative people in my Twitter feed.
 
2021-04-11 9:50:09 AM  

Death by Spaghettification: I remember after my father passed, my Mom said if it wasn't for Facebook she would have been so lonely.  She was able to see what all the extended family was doing and keep in touch with them. It kept her in touch with the greater world, especially at night when you feel it most.    Social media is just a tool kids.  You have filters at your disposal.  Use them.  Shiatty people will still be there when the internet goes dark.  For myself I love seeing pictures of people's babies, pets, and people's hiking adventures.


This.

90% of my facebook is pictures of dogs from various senior dog rescue groups.
I'm not here to defend Facebook because, fark Facebook. But I think "Facebook is totally evil" is a very simplistic view.
 
2021-04-11 9:51:56 AM  

g.fro: Glockenspiel Hero: ...

The problem here is that the world when I was growing up wasn't great in a lot of ways that are better today such as race relations, gay rights, environmental pollution, etc.  But it also didn't have monetized and weaponized disinformation at a level where literally a third of America doesn't live in reality and has mobs attempting to overthrow the government on the basis of lies.

Did FB and Twitter help at all with the good things we have today?  I'd argue they did very little if anything on that front- instead, they're some of the primary driving factors behind the total loss of connection to reality that is destroying America.

Don't get me wrong; I despise Facebook and twitter and use neither of them. But to think there wasn't just as much disinformation floating around before they existed is just misinformed. If anything, the disinformation was harder to point out and challenge. Would the Jan. 6 attack have happened without the internet? Probably not. But the Oklahoma City bombing did.


True, but McVeigh had help from like one or two people.

That said, the 90s militia mentality was a lot bigger than them.
 
2021-04-11 9:53:29 AM  

moothemagiccow: imagine a world where people don't make cringe song parodies


The original was pretty damned cringey too, but at least marginally better than the Kars for Kids song.
 
2021-04-11 9:55:22 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: But then how would attention whores attention whore?


Star Search. That's Incredible. Let's Make A Deal. Driving slow on the freeway in a Bronco after murdering your ex. Be the second man to walk on the moon. Run for office. Blow up a Federal building. Pole sitting. Jump the Grand Canyon. Have a turkey drop. Have a "Who Shot J.R.?" Promo. Make a shiatty fantasy movie based on a Joseph Campbel concept. Fall into a well. Enter a beauty contest. Dress up like a zombie and sing angry songs while wearing live snakes. Claim that rock music is Satanic and you can hear evil messages when you play songs backwards. Start an immoral majority and have a syndicated, televised "church" service weekly. Get on the CB radio and start being annoying and pick a fight with rednex you can't see. Have a "Death to Disco" night at the local ballpark and invite everyone to bring Disco records to blow up.

How am I doing so far?

/showing my age.
 
2021-04-11 9:57:27 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: [Fark user image 600x776]


That should be updated.  The second panels should all show the guy face deep in a smartphone.
 
2021-04-11 9:58:01 AM  
I miss this.........
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2021-04-11 9:58:27 AM  

Fireproof: g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.

People born in 2000 can buy beer now. Facebook has been around since 2003 or so and open to people other than college kids since 2007.

I mean, I guess technically people have memories from being 6, but not memories of what the adult world or the sociopolitical landscape were like.

/OTOH, yeah, people getting their fake news from email forwards wasn't that much better, but at least it was slower.


I remember when it was on fax pages that got photocopied to the point where the original data was almost illegible.
 
2021-04-11 10:03:23 AM  

KungFuJunkie: Social media is fine. Follow the things you enjoy, block the rest  I don't have any political bs or negative people in my Twitter feed.


I'm starting to really learn this. I'm now mostly on Facebook for one or two great groups that I can't find elsewhere and for business networking, which is absolutely essential in my industry. I don't even look at much if my newsfeed anymore. People who manage to piss me off anyway get blocked. Facebook's real source of income is tracking people around the greater Web, and I'm denying them that just by doing most of my browsing on an iPhone.

I'm getting to be the same way with Reddit. I'm gradually getting tired of and leaving all the default subs, which seem to be getting both blander and more outrage-focused, and just sticking with more niche interest ones. Hell, I'm even getting to be the same way on Fark, largely ignoring the Pol tab and only going with what really interests me, largely ignoring stuff designed (not necessarily by Fark but more the sites we're linking to) to emotionally bait me. I get my actual news directly from the news sites now.

Perhaps I've just generally gotten to the point of knowing what I really want online and learning to ignore what's just trying to emotionally bait me into clicking and staying.
 
2021-04-11 10:07:21 AM  

Fireproof: ...

True, but McVeigh had help from like one or two people.

That said, the 90s militia mentality was a lot bigger than them.


Yes, but the 90s militia movement was a perfect example of disinformation being spread in the pre-internet world. While they were starting to take advantage of AOL and the like, they still mostly functioned off of mailing lists and used magazines, newsletters, and videos (on VHS cassettes) to spread their propaganda. This had been going on for years with most people completely unaware, or, if they did hear of it, they heard only the carefully crafted tip-of-the-iceberg version.

Until a federal building blew up and 169 people were killed.

In the ensuing media attention, the militia groups couldn't control their message as they could before. In the glare of the TV news cameras, everyone saw how nuts they were, and most had to scurry back to their basements and either find a new hobby, or wait for 9/11 conspiracies to become a thing.

But were it not for the dramatic event of a terrorist bombing, the craziness of the right-wing of the day would never have been exposed for all to see and been discredited.

So I guess the internet is a double-edged sword. It allows disinformation to spread more quickly than before, but it also makes it easier to expose. And given that the lie has always travelled faster than the truth, I think the truth may have gained more in the balance.
 
2021-04-11 10:07:27 AM  

moothemagiccow: imagine a world where people don't make cringe song parodies


Imagine a world where "cringe" was not an adjective.
 
2021-04-11 10:14:36 AM  

BafflerMeal: moothemagiccow: imagine a world where people don't make cringe song parodies

Imagine a world where "cringe" was not an adjective.


I can't decide if I hate it for grammatical reasons or because my first exposure to it was some idiot kid applying it over and over again to everyone who didn't agree with his z-level conspiracy theory that everyone making ultra-obvious "It's people!" jokes in the comments of an ad for Soylent were paid shills.

"OMG, all these jokes from paid shills are totes cringe!"
 
2021-04-11 10:17:05 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: [Fark user image 600x776]


How old is that?  Because that looks like 2005 as well (i.e. "15 years ago").  Probably 1995 for some of us (maybe not the movies, but I think my only DVD player was in the computer so that was true for me as well).  But even in 1990, you probably weren't "listening to music" that way, and you certainly weren't watching movies that way.  And the amount of reasons you had to go visit the "big blue room" has steadily be decreasing since 1995...
 
2021-04-11 10:19:26 AM  

KungFuJunkie: Social media is fine. Follow the things you enjoy, block the rest  I don't have any political bs or negative people in my Twitter feed.


Same.  My feed is 90% obscure death metal bands, board game reviews, and video game news., with another 10% being pictures of friend's kids or funny memes.  It's a great aggregator of the things I enjoy, and it's really quite easy to avoid the garbage if you want to.

Only time I ever see anything political is when one of my MAGA-obsessed family goes off on one of their screeds. Those are fairly easy to ignore and/or laugh at.
 
2021-04-11 10:25:56 AM  

bucket_pup: I miss this.........
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their pizza sucks!
 
2021-04-11 10:39:25 AM  
Thanks Sunny. Gonna tweet this.
 
2021-04-11 10:44:58 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Dedmon: Lol, imagine what it was like before the internet. I was there. We were monsters to each other then, too.

It wasn't as bad, though. The internet has increased the spread of disinformation drastically. There's a reason the Jan 6 coup attempt happened in the internet age.


Conservatives were the sole source of information before. Everything was disinformation

The monopoly on public info gave us neoliberals who wanted to combat fictional welfare queens.
 
2021-04-11 10:47:04 AM  

Fireproof: KungFuJunkie: Social media is fine. Follow the things you enjoy, block the rest  I don't have any political bs or negative people in my Twitter feed.

I'm starting to really learn this. I'm now mostly on Facebook for one or two great groups that I can't find elsewhere and for business networking, which is absolutely essential in my industry. I don't even look at much if my newsfeed anymore. People who manage to piss me off anyway get blocked. Facebook's real source of income is tracking people around the greater Web, and I'm denying them that just by doing most of my browsing on an iPhone.

I'm getting to be the same way with Reddit. I'm gradually getting tired of and leaving all the default subs, which seem to be getting both blander and more outrage-focused, and just sticking with more niche interest ones. Hell, I'm even getting to be the same way on Fark, largely ignoring the Pol tab and only going with what really interests me, largely ignoring stuff designed (not necessarily by Fark but more the sites we're linking to) to emotionally bait me. I get my actual news directly from the news sites now.

Perhaps I've just generally gotten to the point of knowing what I really want online and learning to ignore what's just trying to emotionally bait me into clicking and staying.


At this point all I use Reddit for is my local city subreddit. Everything else is trash.


The thing that I really want, but none of my friends ever seem to want to play is a group friends text. Especially during Covid. A way to hangout with all my friends and joke around without leaving the house.
 
2021-04-11 10:47:25 AM  
I'm not a technophobe. I am a career software developer. I participated on usenet back in the day. Maybe that's why I've never had a Facebook or Twitter account and don't intend to start any time soon.
 
2021-04-11 10:58:15 AM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: I'm not a technophobe. I am a career software developer. I participated on usenet back in the day.


alt.alien.vampire.flonk.flonk.flonk?   Seems about right for around these here parts.
 
2021-04-11 11:00:52 AM  
When I was a kid, my hometown banned ice cream trucks because they thought a secret cabal of satanists were using them to kidnap children.  We were just as stupid a succeptable to conspiracy theories before Facebook and Twitter.
 
2021-04-11 11:10:14 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: [Fark user image 600x776]


...he posts, while sitting in front of a computer monitor.
 
2021-04-11 11:33:57 AM  

g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer vodak can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.


ftfy
 
2021-04-11 11:36:29 AM  
this is a major fallacy because even if *you* turn it off, the problem isn't you being exposed to it, it's the echo chamber of crazies who have no desire to turn off the spout of insanity. Ignoring that they exist only works for a little while until they do something really crazy like elect a con man as President.
 
2021-04-11 11:38:39 AM  

Harlee: g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer vodak can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.

ftfy


Uh...you know the age to buy beer is the same as the age to buy liquor, right?
 
2021-04-11 11:41:07 AM  
But how would I tell the old what I had for Breakfast? This is something people need to know!
 
2021-04-11 11:44:31 AM  

jeremy2020: this is a major fallacy because even if *you* turn it off, the problem isn't you being exposed to it, it's the echo chamber of crazies who have no desire to turn off the spout of insanity. Ignoring that they exist only works for a little while until they do something really crazy like elect a con man as President.


Exactly.

The person ranting while standing on the crate in the park was something a rational person could ignore.  With social media, that person can now reach the .0001% of the population that's just like him at the speed of light.  Then they get organized and attract more "members".

Facebook was fine as designed so grandma could see the grandkids.  But every single technology, and I use that word in the sense of "tool", can also be used for evil.  And the inventors either refuse to acknowledge this or just ignore it because dollars.
 
2021-04-11 11:49:18 AM  

g.fro: Harlee: g.fro: The only problem is that those of us who can buy beer vodak can remember a world without twitter or Facebook. It wasn't significantly better.

ftfy

Uh...you know the age to buy beer is the same as the age to buy liquor, right?


Ah, but try to find beer in Russia!
 
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