Brad Wardell's views about technology, politics, religion, world affairs, and all sorts of politically incorrect topics.

 

http://www.systemcomic.com/2011/08/03/so-youre-mad-about-something-on-the-internet/

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on Sep 12, 2012

I must be one of those lucky people.  I never get mad about anything on the internet.  Don't get mad about much in real life, for that matter.  It could be that when the madness truly set in, and the medicos declared me truly insane, living in my own cotton candy world made me somewhat immune to all the nastiness in the world.

Sure, there are things I dislike and disapprove of in the world but I simply don't have the energy or inkling to hate or get mad about something I can neither change or make better. To do so would make me a less compassionate person and far less pleasant, and I don't want to be that way.

I may not have been declared insane [as yet] but thank goodness for my cotton candy world, where I can retreat to ponder much happier things. It mightn't make much sense to some folks, but more of 'em ought to try it... there'd be a lot less unpleasantness in the world if'n they did.

on Sep 12, 2012

[quote who="Frogboy" reply="12" id="3226590"]
Quoting Cruxador, reply 10I don't really like this flowchart. It disregards the possibility of a person thoroughly reading and assessing the situation and still hanging around for discussion. Or for insults, as the case may be.

I've seen enough political flame wars to know that it's extremely rare for the people discussing it to have actually read what's going on fully.[/quote

Perhaps we hang out in different places, but I find that people who fail to read posts are the exception rather than the rule.

Besides that, anyone who gets "angry" about a discussion on the Internet should probably find something else to do.

The stuff from the Trayvon Martin case would be a good example of that.  People were sending Zimmerman death threats and there was a bounty put on him and how many people had bothered to actually look at the facts?  I have no idea what the courts will decide with him. I do know that I'm not going to expend energy hating on Zimmerman one way or the other. 

And let's remember, the media has its own agenda in these kinds of things.  We get played a 911 call tape where they ask him to quit following Trayvon and people latch on to that.
Well yes, that got a bit out of hand. Do remember that most people assume the media is more or less accurate and don't really think about the manipulation of facts that media tends to indulge in. While you could argue that this is just as bad, it is nonetheless a form of naivety rather than the sloth of simply not reading a person's argument.

on Sep 12, 2012

I don't hold the media responsible for the behavior their readers. They exist to maximize page views. It's not their job to be "Fair". It's up to readers not to be total morons. The Trayvon Martin case is such a good example of that. You can blame NBC's editing all you want but people flipped out with virtually no data to go on.

I used to have a lot of faith in the judgment of the average person and therefore cared about public opinion.  But I've had enough years to see that it doesn't really matter one way or the other. And I've seen that the I greatly over estimated the quality of judgment in people I used to respect.  

There's a lot of miserable SOB's out there and convincing themselves that other people are shitty is pretty much all they've got going for them.

 

on Sep 13, 2012

Frogboy
I don't hold the media responsible for the behavior their readers. They exist to maximize page views. It's not their job to be "Fair". It's up to readers not to be total morons. The Trayvon Martin case is such a good example of that. You can blame NBC's editing all you want but people flipped out with virtually no data to go on.

I used to have a lot of faith in the judgment of the average person and therefore cared about public opinion.  But I've had enough years to see that it doesn't really matter one way or the other. And I've seen that the I greatly over estimated the quality of judgment in people I used to respect.  

There's a lot of miserable SOB's out there and convincing themselves that other people are shitty is pretty much all they've got going for them.

 

There should be a media that exists to inform people of what happened when they couldn't be there to see it themselves.  Not to spin it or maximize page views.

on Sep 13, 2012

Hopefully that will come.  Never know, if you don't look for it it might never come!  

on Sep 13, 2012

Jythier
There should be a media that exists to inform people of what happened when they couldn't be there to see it themselves.

Nah, I reckon the media should present 3 or 4 versions and make it a multiple choice thing... you know, a, b, c or d

Well we already get that sort of thing, actually... it's just on different channels news, that's all.

For mine, I reckon we do away with all the different news programs and just keep a handful of 'journalists' to present the various versions of bullshit on the one news program on one channel.

The only drawback with that is all the empty time slots they'd fill with feching reality and lifestyle crap.

on Sep 13, 2012

Maybe they could just put Firefly back on the air.

on Sep 13, 2012

Jythier
Maybe they could just put Firefly back on the air.

 

I just recently watched this on flix, and must admit for a tv series it was rather well written.

on Sep 13, 2012

cardinaldirection
Quoting Jythier, reply 23Maybe they could just put Firefly back on the air.

 

I just recently watched this on flix, and must admit for a tv series it was rather well written.

 

Well, I was certainly enjoying it, until the movie.  The movie was terrible, because I can totally see how awesome that plot line could have been over multiple seasons of little adventures.

on Sep 14, 2012

Jythier
Quoting cardinaldirection, reply 23Quoting Jythier, reply 23Maybe they could just put Firefly back on the air.

 

I just recently watched this on flix, and must admit for a tv series it was rather well written.

 

Well, I was certainly enjoying it, until the movie.  The movie was terrible, because I can totally see how awesome that plot line could have been over multiple seasons of little adventures.

Randomly Off Topic a bit, but I agree.

People get mad over the wierdest things.(Me too)  Generally, it takes blatant abuse to set me off though.  Or a person that's set me off a few times in the past.  Either way I generlly drop a few comments and leave if things escelate.  Not the best strategy, but occasionally I can't help myself.

-Twi

on Sep 14, 2012

Jythier

Quoting cardinaldirection, reply 23Quoting Jythier, reply 23Maybe they could just put Firefly back on the air.

 

I just recently watched this on flix, and must admit for a tv series it was rather well written.

 

Well, I was certainly enjoying it, until the movie.  The movie was terrible, because I can totally see how awesome that plot line could have been over multiple seasons of little adventures.

 

I agree but at least they made a movie to finish it and did not leave it hanging like some other shows.

on Sep 14, 2012

The thing i hate is when people try to force ther opinion on you and  dont want to hear your side of it. I do like to share my opinon sometimes but i dont force it on people. I let then say there opnion and then I come to a conclution.  

 

-Hawk

on Sep 15, 2012

Crimson-Firehawk
I agree but at least they made a movie to finish it and did not leave it hanging like some other shows.

Yeah, that's what happened to a show called "Dead Like Me" [about a teen who becomes a reaper after she gets killed by a toilet that fell out of a plane ] that was prematurely canceled.... they made a movie to tie up loose ends, etc.  I never actually saw it on TV, but I read up on it some after seeing and enjoying the series on DVD.  Sadly, not all TV stations/execs believe in doing the same thing, they just cut them off dead and "b'dee, b'dee, b'dee, that's all folks"... "but please do join us for another inexpensive, mind-numbing and corny reality show with all the pace and excitement of a snail race."

on Sep 15, 2012

starkers


Yeah, that's what happened to a show called "Dead Like Me" [about a teen who becomes a reaper after she gets killed by a toilet that fell out of a plane ] that was prematurely canceled.... they made a movie to tie up loose ends, etc.  I never actually saw it on TV, but I read up on it some after seeing and enjoying the series on DVD.  "

 

They have the movie on netflix if you wanted to watch it.

 

on Sep 16, 2012

Crimson-Firehawk
They have the movie on netflix if you wanted to watch it.

No need, it came with the DVD boxed set, so it's all good.