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Thu May 13, 2021, 08:14 AM

Is it safe to say...

That the Information Age didn’t go quite as planned?

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Roland99 May 13 OP
MuseRider May 13 #1
Roland99 May 13 #2
LineReply !
Hugin May 13 #3
intheflow May 13 #4
Roland99 May 13 #24
Ferrets are Cool May 13 #5
Probatim May 13 #8
gab13by13 May 13 #10
Ferrets are Cool May 13 #23
reACTIONary May 13 #15
Wounded Bear May 13 #6
reACTIONary May 13 #16
Wounded Bear May 13 #22
Beastly Boy May 13 #7
keithbvadu2 May 13 #9
Roc2020 May 13 #11
mopinko May 13 #17
reACTIONary May 13 #26
reACTIONary May 13 #19
Roc2020 May 13 #25
reACTIONary May 13 #27
spanone May 13 #12
mjvpi May 13 #13
cayugafalls May 13 #14
mopinko May 13 #18
Act_of_Reparation May 13 #20
mopinko May 13 #21

Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 08:17 AM

1. I just about spit

out my morning tea!

I never really thought of it that way but yeah, you got a point there.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Thu May 13, 2021, 08:35 AM

2. Hehe

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 08:36 AM

3. !



Stop that!

It makes my thinky meat hurt.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #4)

Thu May 13, 2021, 01:48 PM

24. Thanks. Will read that later

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:40 AM

5. What does?

Every important advance has it's problems. I, for one, would NOT want to be without the information I now have at my fingertips.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #5)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:45 AM

8. For most of us, it has gone well.

For those of us with critical thinking skills, it's gone incredibly well. For the angry and under-educated, having all of that "information at your fingertips" is like a toddler playing with matches.

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Response to Probatim (Reply #8)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:56 AM

10. Well said, critical thinking along with common sense.

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Response to Probatim (Reply #8)

Thu May 13, 2021, 01:12 PM

23. Bingo!!

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #5)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:20 AM

15. Exactly! Thanks for pointing that out. nt

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:43 AM

6. Every recent large change in how we distribute information has resulted in political unrest...

The Revolutionary Era, starting in America and spreading to Europe, was enabled by the mass production of printing presses and their proliferation.

In the 20th Century, it was film and radio that was exploited by Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler to seize power. Mussolini had a background in journalism and used his familiarity with the new technologies to good effect to get into office and then to turn the gov't fascist. Hitler modeled his campaign to take over Germany after what Stalin and Mussolini did.

Trump merely mirrored the totalitarian's handbook, using the tools of the internet era.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #6)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:22 AM

16. Agree. And in every case...

.. the net result has been progress and advancement.

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #16)

Thu May 13, 2021, 01:07 PM

22. Along with the usual exploitation by bad actors...



OTOH, if it had actually been "planned" we might have foreseen what has happened and did something to alleviate the worst of it. But, as usual, we're playing catch up.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:45 AM

7. Whatever the original plans may have been, and with a nearly total ignorance of these plans,

and being completely clueless of how it might actually turn out, I was pretty sure even back then that it wouldn't go quite as planned.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:47 AM

9. TMI?

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 09:57 AM

11. The age greatly enhanced knowledge

it's social media that turned out to be a disaster

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Response to Roc2020 (Reply #11)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:24 AM

17. meh. i've been on since it was darpa.

the anonymity has always allowed for anti-social behavior.
every chat room had it's disrupters and hucksters.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #17)

Thu May 13, 2021, 07:41 PM

26. I agree....

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Dickwad_theory

The Dickwad Theory or John Gabriel's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory states that:

“Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad"

Face it, this explains everything.

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Response to Roc2020 (Reply #11)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:27 AM

19. Would you include...

.... DU in the social media category?

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Response to reACTIONary (Reply #19)

Thu May 13, 2021, 02:08 PM

25. No. Neither were chatrooms

Difference is mostly Celebrities drive social media. FB twitter Insta etc. So the reactions can be quite broad because of such high profile people present. If there are celebrities on DU and probably is, they are not known. Social media they are known. Key difference.

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Response to Roc2020 (Reply #25)

Thu May 13, 2021, 07:45 PM

27. Is it the celebrities ...

.... that precipitate the disastrous consequences? How does that happen?

What about the 8chan style image boards where the Q creeps hang out? I don't think there are any celebrities there.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 10:20 AM

12. the internet, where your wildest/craziest fantasies can be 'validated'

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 10:47 AM

13. It's okay. The Republicans in Texas are fighting back.

In Texas, school kids just won’t need that information and they are being discouraged from using it. "Current and Controversial Events" are not to be discussed in schools. They are concentrating on the basics, I guess. Like football. Disclaimer: I like watching football more than the next person.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:02 AM

14. I am sure that the first person to use a rock to pound a stick in the ground felt the same way...

when his neighbor used the same rock to crush someones skull...

Every technological advancement will get misused over time, that is the nature of humankind.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:24 AM

18. stealing.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:31 AM

20. It's safe to say no period of human history has gone "as planned".

I really don't get why, after thousands of years of recorded history, people still shit out these "KIDS THESE DAYS" comments like their current lot in the annals is somehow unique.

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