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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Now does everyone see how Hitler got the Germans all fired up to kill Jews and go to war?
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Andy 2
This is not an example that the Internet is full of terrible people. It's evidence that the Internet is full of teenagers. They are stupid, but they don't know it. It's a volatile combo.
Posted by Andy on November 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
* I here I thought Paul Constant was a trolling, hypocritical, classist asshole, but now I know he's just a sensitive soul.
Posted by Spindles on November 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 4

They're teenagers. Their brains haven't fully developed yet (that's a fact, not a sarcastic comment).
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Poe's law seems relevant.
Posted by Warren Terra on November 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
It's now clear why print publications (and especially newspapers) were developed to filter out statements and opinions of those whose strongest suit is ignorance. I hope you all really like the internet that you've handed your social and political fortunes over to. Don't think about how cool it is now. Think about how it will be used to oppress you in twenty-five years. Good luck believers.
Posted by James Early on November 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
We liberals thought making information and the ability to communicate available to everyone would improve everyone's lives. Turns out it also gives close-minded stupid and mean people who will never improve, a powerful soap box and wide-ranging social platform to amplify their stupidity and meanness.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on November 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 8
@6 like there wasn't a few hundred years where xenophobic ignorance didn't exist in print or that newspapers eventually weeded that shit out. peoples be peoples, man. always have been , always will be.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on November 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
@6 Yeah, our media filter worked great during the run-up to the Iraq War. The mainstream media was filled to the brim with great, elite opinions on how we needed to bring freedom to the oppressed at the barrel of a gun. Where would we be without their fine judgement?

I don't like being snarky, but I've been seeing too many people expressing viewpoints like this. It's frankly scares me. The problem isn't the democratization of expression. These children have been indoctrinated by a major Hollywood motion picture, which is the definition of the old elitist model of information sharing. Our education system is based on teaching obedience, with the eventual goal of being a "good employee". If they were taught how to identify propaganda, think critically, come up with their own system of values etc., they wouldn't react this way. Of course that doesn't serve the interest of those in charge of the filters.
Posted by Tent_Liberation_Army on November 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
sirkowski 10
I knew that movie was catering to degenerates, but DAMN.
Posted by sirkowski on November 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
The Seattle Times and Yahoo comments are waaayyy more racist and stupid and I doubt that they're teenagers. There is a lot of hatred in this country towards, blacks, Latinos, and immigrants. If folks cant see it, they're in a bigger bubble than the Republicans.
Posted by SeMe on November 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM · Report this
Wow, talk about painting with a huge brush. The internet isn't full of terrible people, or teenagers, or any one type of person. Jeez, you're talking about a miniscule portion of less than one percent of internet users that either saw this movie and then tweeted about it, or, in the other case, commented on Gawker. Get a sense of proportion. The internet has about 2.5 billion users. By painting with such a huge brush, you're guilty of the very behavior that you're criticizing in others.

"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."
—Louis Brandeis
Posted by EricSays on November 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM · Report this
TreGibbs 13
The example given - right above the "comment" icon, is the best one of the bunch. So true...
Posted by TreGibbs on November 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM · Report this
emor 14
@2, 4

Sorry, they don't get a pass for being a teenager. I didn't think those kinds of things as a teenager, nor did the people I chose for my friends. Fault their upbringing if you must, but I think teens are pretty capable of at least some critical thought.

Did you think like that when you were a teenager?
Posted by emor on November 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
very bad homo 15
Yes, they are stupid teenagers. They're the same people who grow up to be stupid adults.
Posted by very bad homo on November 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM · Report this
@15: Exactly. Excusing stupid teenagers' stupidity just because they're teenagers is where douchebag adults come from.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM · Report this

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