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Comment: Re:All power to China (Score 1) 336

by Phaedrus420 (#38604162) Attached to: China Cuts 'Excessive Entertainment' From TV
Well said, though I would also agree with AC saying "if sheep watch dumb stuff, they get dumber, if sheep watch educational stuff they get smarter," without bringing legislation in to it. Most of our entertainment is not brain food, but there is, I gather, a peer pressure effect, wherein the water-cooler conversation tends to be about stupid crap, and some people end up watching the stupid crap just to fit in. Looking at it from another angle, stupid crap dominates the social networks. Everyone loves to gossip about celebrity bullshit, but anything relevant to the real world is treated as toxic, like people are afraid to engage their brain on anything of substance.

TL:DR - Parents, educators, and peers ought to step up and demand more.

Comment: Re:Sounds Like a Hoax Right Up Until You Read the (Score 1) 362

by Phaedrus420 (#38587626) Attached to: Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund
Don't know where it's from, but the song "You can't con an honest John" by The Streets suggests a dog and a pub.
"As I have come to realize, running the beats is just getting people's confidence.
This scam only works 'cos that man thinks he's working this scam"

Comment: Re:Makes you wonder.... (Score 2) 204

by Phaedrus420 (#38551272) Attached to: EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support
Not to mention that the people visiting these "no clue" sites also have connections to the clueless. I can use social network A to inform my friends about a thing, and they can use network B to inform their friends, and some of us might even gripe about these things over morning coffee in the real world. The speed of information has made the planet a whole lot smaller, and being pessimistic about any one facet in particular is missing the forest for the trees.

No problem is insoluble in all conceivable circumstances.