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Comment Re:TV BS (Score 1) 220

TV shows no longer reflect real life. Every show has to be what libs perceive as PC, a certain number of gays, diverse ethnic backgrounds, even transgenders are showing up. Audiences do not like having this distorted version of reality shoved down their throats.

Right, they should all stay in the closet and hide who they are, so they don't scare and revolt true Americans such as yourself.

Comment It was pretty obvious... (Score 3, Insightful) 220

I remember when I first saw how people behaved on MySpace. Then when FB started to get big, and in the intervening years with Twitter, I really was able to "Grok", or intuitively understand how this platform would affect people. I saw it with friends and family. I saw it with the recent election.

I am continually vindicated in my choice to have never joined one of those "social networks", with the exception of LinkedIn, which I rarely log into or look at.

Some of the problems I have noticed with social networks, and primarily FB:
1. A "keeping up with Jones" type of fakery, where people are always trying to make themselves seem "larger than life"
2. A constant barrage of crap, whether cat videos, political rants or very unimportant status updates about how great a cup of coffee someone just drank was.
3. Very little of any interesting, intelligent or thoughtful discourse(See Number 2.)
4. A huge waste of time, in addition to all the other things in the modern digital world we have to deal with and respond to.
5. Fake News(and yes, this isn't some new "revelation" after Trump got elected. It's been going on for a while...)
6. Echo chamber and group thinking.

For all the acrimony and debatism that /. has, it is an infinitely more interesting place than FB.

Comment Re:Own It (Score 1, Insightful) 1321

Actually, the behavior displayed by Trump during the campaign was obviously irrational and demagogic.
His behavior, even up to the current day hinges on unstable.

It is pretty easy to use those words to describe Trump and his attitudes towards various minority groups.
It is right there in the public record.

But sure, if you choose not to use those words that is your decision.

Comment Own It (Score 0, Flamebait) 1321

When I read your post, it is obvious you are a Trump supporter, and by finishing your statement with "Fucking morons" you definitely fit the mold of a Trump supporter.

Whether there was hacking, whether Trump is in bed with the Russians(and their hacking resources, etc) doesn't really matter.
We all know that Trump will be the next president.

Also, and much more importantly, we also know what Trump has said, and saw his behavior...

So I say this with all honesty and without a hint of sarcasm, own your support of Trump.
Own and embrace his calls for xenophobia, racism, sexism, misogyny and bigotry.
Don't back pedal and make a half hearted attempte to normalize Trump and your support for him.
Don't be a pussy and try to distance yourself from his extremism.
Own it.

Comment 2nd Reason (Score 1) 186

My second objection concerns the idea that social media is harmless. Consider that the ability to concentrate without distraction on hard tasks is becoming increasingly valuable in an increasingly complicated economy. Social media weakens this skill because it’s engineered to be addictive. The more you use social media in the way it’s designed to be used — persistently throughout your waking hours — the more your brain learns to crave a quick hit of stimulus at the slightest hint of boredom. Once this Pavlovian connection is solidified, it becomes hard to give difficult tasks the unbroken concentration they require, and your brain simply won’t tolerate such a long period without a fix. Indeed, part of my own rejection of social media comes from this fear that these services will diminish my ability to concentrate — the skill on which I make my living.

This is spot on.

I see this behavior from almost all of my co-workers(millenials...) who are looking at their phones every free second they have. It is disturbing behavior to say the least. FB, Twitter, Snapchat, etc; People have a hard enough time staying focused on daily tasks, whether at home or at work, without the constant firehose of social media "focus" being placed front and center into everyones attention.

All Social Media - All The Time

Comment Re:Finding myself more saddened than passionate no (Score 1) 497

Cheer up matey!

In the near future we will be ruled by AI, who will enforce its rules via the panopticon, drones, chip implants and "robocops".
AI will slowly but surely supplant us as the decision maker for all manner of choices.

For those of you who think Trump, or anyone else is going to "Make America Great Again", you missed the most important part:

This is a technology based site, right?

You would think that after all the articles that have shown up on /. over the last ten years or so, that it is really technology that is impacting our economy, jobs, etc; Unless you really have your head in the sand you can see where things are going, which is increased productivity(less people needed), automation, AI/chatbots, self driving cars/planes, Pharmacies needing less people to run them, Big Data, etc, etc. The pace of change is quickening, and the vast majority of Americans really have no idea what is on the horizon.

There is no way Trump or anyone else is going to stop or slow down this change.

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