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  • Another reason I lay more of the blame on SM as opposed to a specific event like 9/11 or the pandemic or the elections of Obama or Trump or whatever is that I personally believe some of the caustic and inhumane nature of the SM communications is enabled by the distance and possible anonymity of SM.

    As I was reading the stream of tweets, I thought to myself, "if you were standing in front of this woman's husband, children and other family members, would you make that comment?"

    I would hope not, at least for most of them. However, I'll admit that public, face to face discourse is getting a bit rougher too.

    But with social media, you can be a half a globe away and make that comment, and the readers may have no idea who you are without a few weeks of super-sleuthing.

    I don't think I've ever posted this before, but my personal policy on this board is to never write and submit something that I'd be embarrassed to have my 80+ year old mother read. I don't think she even knows this site exists, but if she discovered it, it wouldn't take long for her to figure out which poster is her son. I've had family members and friends come up to me and comment that they read something I posted here and it shocked me to know they even were aware of the site, but also reminded me that when using your real name, those who know you are going to figure out pretty quickly it's you.
    That community is already in the process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence; where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.

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    • Originally posted by SJHovey View Post

      As I was reading the stream of tweets, I thought to myself, "if you were standing in front of this woman's husband, children and other family members, would you make that comment?"
      A lot of Republicans would. And have.

      And you just turn a blind eye to it, never say a word.

      What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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      • Originally posted by unofan View Post

        And what percentage of the population is proactive about anything? 5%? 10 at most?


        Oh no...probably 1%. The collective laziness of people is fucking astounding. I was more commenting for people around here who might like SM but not know they can beat the system.

        Plus a healthy dose of cynicism and skepticism will always help. Along with being lazy people are just too willing to believe anything.

        As for the rest of your post, I 100% agree with everything you are saying. Hell I notice it about myself. I just dont know if there is any going back at this point. (and yeah Takei sucks)
        Last edited by Handyman; 01-06-2022, 12:57 PM.
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        -aparch

        "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
        -INCH

        Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
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        • Originally posted by unofan View Post
          Even George Takei is starting to annoy the crap out of me even though I agree with him more often than not, because he's gone full Sicatoka and is just asking questions while linking to some random AITA or other clickbait article, often with his staff adding a random unnecessary pithy comment to justify it as original content. I mean, good for him for earning money, but it's still not any better than most other social media presences.
          Absolutely. I've dumped most of these accounts because they're so useless and, honestly, are just click vultures who feed on other people's content and stories. Ick.

          I'll just say this, and this thought has been percolating in my head for awhile and this is just presenting an opportunity to throw it out there. I've noticed over the last 6 months to a year or so that this board is getting far more acerbic than it used to be (outside of obvious trolls, which have thankfully diminished) and it seems to be strongly correlated with increased links to Twitter. Thankfully no one on here appears to use Facebook as a primary news source, but I'm telling you Twitter is no better. And I'm asking those of you who use it regularly to just take a moment to consider how you're using it, and what you gain from it. Because if it's just the sense of outrage over the latest comment from a dumbass GOP official, however justified that outrage may be, that isn't healthy.
          My twitter feed has drastically changed in the last six months. I've unfollowed a lot of provocateur accounts. Let's call them the Krassenteins (though, I've never actually followed them). I have, OTOH, followed intelligent accounts like theophite (who might be one of the five smartest people I've come across) and several others who actually take the time to challenge conventions, call out non-data-based conclusions, etc. They engage in thoughtful debate often and back it up with receipts. They do take the time to dunk on someone from time to time, sometimes spectacularly, but it's not their MO.

          My general rule of thumb is a twitter account is less worth a follow on both ends of the follower count spectrum. A person with 100 followers is probably not worth following. A person with a million is also not worth following, generally. There's a sweet spot somewhere between 1,000 and 100,000, likely near 10k. That's just a broad filter, you still have to cultivate your list.

          To your overall point though, I think we would be better without it even if I would not.
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          Originally posted by bigblue_dl
          I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
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          When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
          He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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          • I started purging my troll-oriented and talking heads follows a couple of years ago. I dumped Asha Rangappa after I felt she was getting too sensational, but still follow Molly McKew for just the right amount of my gubmint-mandated "Russia Bad" fix. ;-)

            I also have any and all mentions of AOC blocked from my Twitter feed, because she makes me feel too many positive thoughts about socialism.

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            • I'm a big Takai fan but yeah, his feed is all "look at what this ******* said". Meh.
              I gotta little bit of smoke and a whole lotta wine...

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              • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
                My general rule of thumb is a twitter account is less worth a follow on both ends of the follower count spectrum. A person with 100 followers is probably not worth following. A person with a million is also not worth following, generally. There's a sweet spot somewhere between 1,000 and 100,000, likely near 10k. That's just a broad filter, you still have to cultivate your list.
                This works for music and writers, too.
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                • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
                  I started purging my troll-oriented and talking heads follows a couple of years ago. I dumped Asha Rangappa after I felt she was getting too sensational, but still follow Molly McKew for just the right amount of my gubmint-mandated "Russia Bad" fix. ;-)

                  I also have any and all mentions of AOC blocked from my Twitter feed, because she makes me feel too many positive thoughts about socialism.
                  The problem I have is a lot of the people I stopped following still showed up in my feed...so now I just scroll by people like Asha. The nice thing about most clickbait is the headlines lack such creativity they are easier to spot than a Putin Bot. Two words into the tweet and I just scroll on by.

                  I would never block mentions of AOC because of how much she triggers Right Wing Twitter :^)
                  "It's as if the Drumpf Administration is made up of the worst and unfunny parts of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Generals, and the alien Mon-Stars from Space Jam."
                  -aparch

                  "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
                  -INCH

                  Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
                  -ScoobyDoo 12/17/2007

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                  • Originally posted by Handyman View Post
                    I would never block mentions of AOC because of how much she triggers Right Wing Twitter :^)
                    I'm annoyed that I ended up on her mailing & texting lists after I donated to one of the Texas power failure charity drives last winter, which she must've backed.

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                    • I donate to enough liberal causes that my email is inundated. I will say this the liberals know how to beg!
                      "It's as if the Drumpf Administration is made up of the worst and unfunny parts of the Cleveland Browns, Washington Generals, and the alien Mon-Stars from Space Jam."
                      -aparch

                      "Scenes in "Empire Strikes Back" that take place on the tundra planet Hoth were shot on the present-day site of Ralph Engelstad Arena."
                      -INCH

                      Of course I'm a fan of the Vikings. A sick and demented Masochist of a fan, but a fan none the less.
                      -ScoobyDoo 12/17/2007

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                      • Originally posted by Handyman View Post
                        I donate to enough liberal causes that my email is inundated. I will say this the liberals know how to beg!
                        True. But they're not as good at it as Donald Trump.
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                        • Ah, my friends and neighbors:

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                          • Originally posted by LynahFan View Post
                            Maybe the hydrazine was a bad choice
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                            College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                            BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                            Originally posted by SanTropez
                            May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                            Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                            I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                            Originally posted by Kepler
                            When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                            He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                            • Former Michigan House speaker Lee Chatfield, who you may remember took a trip to see Trump to “discuss” the election results, has been accused of sexual assault by his now-sister-in-law. She says it began while she was still in high school, the school where Chatfield taught and his father founded.

                              https://www.bridgemi.com/children-fa...aulted-me-teen
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                              • Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
                                Former Michigan House speaker Lee Chatfield, who you kay remember took a trip to see Trump to “discuss” the election results, has been accused of sexual assault by his now-sister-in-law. She says it began while she was still in high school, the school where Chatfield taught and his father founded.

                                https://www.bridgemi.com/children-fa...aulted-me-teen
                                Just define "Republican" as a risk factor at this point.
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