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The Youtube Generation: Is the internet making us stupider?
Ryan_Scott at 9:08PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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Here we have this amazing tool for communication and the sharing of information and I have to sit here and listen to my flatmates cackle and hoot like moronic freaking donkeys and some stupid freaking ventriliquist on you tube. Honestly people… get your arses off the couch and take your fucking dog for a walk or something!!!
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Anubis at 9:12PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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buhhhhhhh..
Me cant do dat… me on wiki… me forgot what dog is…..
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Ryan_Scott at 9:15PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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I just think we could be better using the net… like for posting comic strips and sharing ideas and art… not for watching canadians play with puppets (no offense Canada)
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Lonnehart at 9:20PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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You gotta admit though… it's more entertaining than watching TV (and surfing several thousand channels but finding nothing to watch).
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Ryan_Scott at 9:21PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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Are our attention spans that short that we need to watch 1980's wwf highlights in 3 minute bursts?
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Lonnehart at 9:30PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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WWF? I remember that. As a teen it was interesting to see heavy, muscled sweaty men go at each other with fists, chairs, etc.. But it's not so entertaining anymore. My favorite guy was the one who had this song… He'd rip off his yellow shirt then have his hand to his ear as he faced each side of the ring and he would shiver as he rose up from what seemed to be total defeat. I don't remember what his name was though…

On to the subject at hand…

I agree that YouTube could be used for education, making nice shows that entertain. But there are people out there who are totally comfortable with making fools of themselves in front of an audience, and it's easy to do so on YouTube because the police won't come by your place and tell you to stop. I don't watch that kind of stuff though. I also agree that we should go out and do something with ourselves because sitting down all the time and watching silly videos for too many hours can actually be detrimental to our health (Thrombosis anyone?).
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Ryan_Scott at 9:32PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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Unfortunately I live with the kind of people who watch that shit for hours on end… until the Friends reruns start and they switch to that… oh the humanity!!!
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lothar at 9:50PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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its not making people stupider , it just gives stupid people more stupid.
and on the issue of low attention spans , is it that we can't concentrate on long things or that our brains have become too fast to be entertained by the slow moving action of the past ?? i dont think technology makes people less intelligent , lazy, insane , scatter brained , less human , yes. but not stupid.
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usedbooks at 10:03PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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The content of YouTube is the result, not the cause, of stupidity.

Personally, I like anything that can keep the stupid occupied so they aren't out in public. TV has certainly proven to be a good outlet for that. I don't think anyone on the internet can match the depths of stupidity of television. Reality shows, home video shows, prank shows, contests for who can be the most shallow with judges competing to be the biggest pricks… Come now, is YouTube really “worse” than that?
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ozoneocean at 10:51PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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Youtube is just an inane diversion for many people. That's what it seems like to me anyway. Along with the snippets of TV shows, memes, music vids, AMVs etc there seem to be vids made by people who want to gain attention for themselves and so become “celebrities” or something for a little while by doing nothing creative* to achieve that status (*although some do ^_^)

All in all, just another artefact of the net and the social communication systems that make it up. It can be a good repository for forgotten or half remembered remnants of old pop-culture though, as well as the dissemination of current popcultre that people might not otherwise have access to- And a good source of reference material for those interested in seeing or needing to see footage of certain things. I know it has been for me in the past.
 
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DAJB at 11:32PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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Every new advancement in entertainment technology has its upside and its downside. In their time, novels, movies, comics, TV and video games have all been blamed for making people (especially the youth of the time) more stupid and yet each medium has also produced entertainment that could be considered art. The internet, and YouTube in particular, is just the latest medium that's become popular enough to warrant attack. Yes, there's a lot of mindless drivel on there but, even this early on in its existence, it also has some very useful applications. Ozone sums them up pretty well:
ozoneocean
It can be a good repository for forgotten or half remembered remnants of old pop-culture though, as well as the dissemination of current popcultre that people might not otherwise have access to- And a good source of reference material for those interested in seeing or needing to see footage of certain things.
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Skullbie at 11:54PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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The internet causes cancer those same scientists on CNN that said shopping carts cause cancer told me
 
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cartoonprofessor at 11:56PM, Nov. 23, 2008
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And you can learn some great stuff there too…….
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Faliat at 12:01AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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In my opinion it's TV these days that's making us more stupid. (Stupider isn't a word. Lol.)

Yeah, there's documentaries. But they're a small percentage of overall television viewings compared to reality TV shows. I'm fed up with my mum and sister watching celebrities eating stick insects and having rats crawl over their face.

Most internet stuff is or was on TV anyway. And if it ain't, it probably will be with the amount of shows these days on the tube dedicated to the top ten favourite internet videos of the week according to the presenters.

Hell, the internet is where I get most of my intelligent programming since all the good stuff on TV in the UK is on after midnight. Even on the cable channels.
Mum gets angry at me now if I'm up past 2am. Gone are the days of sitting up late with three cartons of ice tea watching robotics documentaries on the box at 3am with my dad passed out on the next couch. I'm supposed to be an adult now. And as an adult I'm apparently supposed to just sit and let my brain turn to mush watching Jeremy Kyle yelling shit at obese 13 year old kids on their fifth pregnancy and 20th breakup with a possible father that looks twice her age but is a year younger and is also her sister's ex and her sister is also pregnant and their grandmother is also pregnant by another ex that might also be the father but he claims he has a vasectomy when he was two but then they bring in the mother of said guy and she said he hasn't and then they go away for a few weeks and come back for the lie detector results and DNA results and the whole web of lies is supposed to be uncovered but you don't give a damn because they're all SLAGS anyway!!!

Call that jumped up metal rod a knife?
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Itsremaker at 12:31AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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Actually, youtube is making SOME people smarter, as it reaches the globe, and thus, allow us to reach onto all that is happening onto Earth too.
But some, if ont all videos are mostly crap now, and the sad thing is, that most videos come from America.
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ozoneocean at 12:59AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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Itsremaker
that most videos come from America.
It is an American site though… There are quite a lot of video sharing websites out there, none as popular or as good as Youtube though (that I've seen).
 
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JoeL_CQB at 1:28AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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You gotta admit though… it's more entertaining than watching TV (and surfing several thousand channels but finding nothing to watch).

there's always the history channel. most of the time they have something cool to watch.

like one time, I just turned on the tv and flipped to that channel, and it was about James Bond and his gadget and how they actually exist today. Followed by Batman and his gadgets and stuff. and the followed by Star Wars and their technology and how close we are to it.
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BffSatan at 2:27AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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Youtube doesn't make people stupid, there is really no such thing as stupid people, just people with different intrests.
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skoolmunkee at 3:13AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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I don't think the internet makes people more stupid… it just makes people more lazy. People with a predilection for being stupid or lazy gravitate toward the internet, so they are disproportionately represented. :)
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ozoneocean at 3:58AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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People with a predilection for being stupid or lazy gravitate toward the internet, so they are disproportionately represented. :)
She's a very mean munkee :(
BffSatan
Youtube doesn't make people stupid, there is really no such thing as stupid people, just people with different intrests.
I like you :)
Ryan_Scott
Unfortunately I live with the kind of people who watch that shit for hours on end… until the Friends reruns start and they switch to that… oh the humanity!!!
WTF? I despised that show from the very first moment I saw it… subsequent viewing proved that it was worse than I could ever have imagined possible.

And yet when I listen to British arts programs on BBC Radio 4 I hear these English comedians praise that show endlessly. Now THOSE are the epitome of stupid people.

Extremely stupid people.
 
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lothar at 5:51AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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Stupider is 2 a wird ! the spellchecker said so !

Youtube is a great usefull tool for recollecting mostly forgotten things from the past , when yo're not sure if it was a fever dream a halucination or an old TV comercial , and then i went on youtube and found the old Mac Tonight guy singing and playing piano and i was like “dammm it was real!” as Ozone points out , and it does have a lot of educational intelligent stuff if thats what your looking for . even the dictionary or encycopedia can be a source of inane laughter if you only use it to look up words like “penis” or “vagina” and then snicker about it “hehehe this book is full a crazy sh*t” “LOL” i think youtube is the same, it's just that society is mostly at the 2nd grade level as far as making usefull use of it
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Puff_Of_Smoke at 8:09AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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The title
Is the internet making us stupider?
Go into any high school. ANY high school.

You tell me.

EDIT: I use Youtube to watch M*A*S*H episodes that I miss :D This generation's television sucks.

lothar
Stupider is 2 a wird ! the spellchecker said so !
Malgadarf is also a word if you think the spell checker is the mediator of english. See a red line? Guess what! You can use the patented ‘add to dictionary’ option to make it a word! Wow! Total disregard of grammar!
I
I have a gun. It's really powerful. Especially against living things.
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Custard Trout at 9:01AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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Heh heh, you said penis.
Hey buddy, you should be a Russian Cosmonaut, and here's why.
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Dark Clown at 11:25AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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To answer the question in the tittle of this topic. YES! the Internet is making Everyone Stupider.

Two site are responsible for this, more so then any others are

Myspace (for people who's brain was take by MTV and popular media BullSh@#)
And
YouTube (For people with nothing better to do with life.)

Dear Gods at one point they were good sites but due to Stupid people and there Stupid thoughts and Ideas these sites have become a spawning pool for Re-Re 12 year old minded, slack jawed Morons that think the world revolves around popular rappers, teenpop singers, and whatever TV tells them is cool. Thus Spinning the minds of people who use the internets for actual Information gathering or heaven forfend entertainment of the non porn variety into shriveled hollow husks of ash.

We teach kids for a living and about 5 days ago one of our student actually said OMG in place of the actual spoken words Oh My God… We almost killed her for that. and it would of been a mercy kill. she would be better off as worm feed than spend her life as a F@#$$in Re-Re. but we had to let her live, only because its not right to kill the mentally crippled. I blame her IQ of 2 on Myspace, since she thinks thats the only thing that the internet is for. sad no?

We will leave you all now with this quote. that sadly is now true.

“If a Computer Virus wiped out all the Porn on the internet, there would only be one Site left called ”Hey! Bring Back The Porn!"



This Rant made possible by Stupid people.
Remember world We don't hate Stupid children, We just hate the Stupid Fucking adults the grow up into being.
{D.C.}

This Fluid feels like Pain, This stoic mood is all in vain.
I reach into the dark, I tear this other me apart.
How many years ago, How many deaths I can't let go.
My Flesh Is Temporary, My God Extraordinary.
You… can''t… Kill… My… MIND!!!!!

The War Will continue, Just on a different battle field
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NickGuy at 11:36AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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This is an argument I had with a friend of mine…he thinks its the internet making everyone worse, I say its the stupid people.

EXAMPLE:
back before the internet went from being part of the zeitgeist to BEING the zeitgeist, There used to be so much potential in the internet. Back in the epicness of the old MSN chatrooms (btw, do people even use chatrooms anymore?) there actually was intelligent, deep, thoughtful conversations in there. The internet seemed like a huge, vast world to explore.

Now, look at the internet. everything runs through practically 3 sites…myspace, youtube, and google. This has, in turn, made everything feel smaller and more constrained. Now, is the internet actually smaller? No, its just that it feels channeled through one of those 3 sites mentioned above.

Now back to my main point. Now that the internet is easily accessible to everyone, that means EVERYONE. any stupid girl with a webcam can videotape herself lipsynching to some song and pretending to be “sexy”, and some fat idiot can dance to a song and become part of the memepool.

And with all this, imagine being a kid around 10-13. There is so much technology at your disposal. This is an information age where anything and everything is immediately broadcasted. There has never been a time like it before. So you go online and you see what people are doing. they are doing retarded videos. You, as an impressionable young kid, want to be part of this, so what are you going to do? make the same retarded things! It is up to the current internets to show the “noobs” what this medium is capable of. But everyone is too busy being lazy to care…and hell, why bother, when you can just make a lame de-motivational poster?

With all these bizzarely interesting distractions, who the hell wants to research who George Washington Carver was when they can google him in 3.5 seconds? Who cares about the significance of Roe vs. Wade, when theres a black guy with nunchucks on youtube? Why bother learning what John Brown did, when you can watch 2 girls shit into a cup?

The potential for knowledge is out there. If you choose not to use the internet to educate yourself, you have no one to blame but your own goddamn self. There are sill a lot of educated people who use the internet for knowledge, learn how to go through those channels instead of watching a girl in a ski hat act like shes schizophrenic.

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Skullbie at 11:44AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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People with a predilection for being stupid gravitate toward the internet

Dark Clown
We teach kids for a living and about 5 days ago one of our student actually said OMG in place of the actual spoken words Oh My God… We almost killed her for that. and it would of been a mercy kill. she would be better off as worm feed than spend her life as a F@#$$in Re-Re. but we had to let her live, only because its not right to kill the mentally crippled. I blame her IQ of 2 on Myspace, since she thinks thats the only thing that the internet is for. sad no?

{D.C.}
Heh.

How pathetic she uses the internet for talking to friends she knows in real life, doesn't she have anything better to do with her time like read encyclopedia dramatica? :( I'll bet she even wishes death on others who don't follow her way of doing things.
The Internet is a serious place for serious people.â„¢
 
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NickGuy at 11:54AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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We teach kids for a living and about 5 days ago one of our student actually said OMG in place of the actual spoken words Oh My God… We almost killed her for that. and it would of been a mercy kill. she would be better off as worm feed than spend her life as a F@#$$in Re-Re. but we had to let her live, only because its not right to kill the mentally crippled. I blame her IQ of 2 on Myspace, since she thinks thats the only thing that the internet is for. sad no?

I want to kill you for actually using the term re-re. i thought that died years ago.


lol but yeah, I love how people use the internet ONLY for myspace. and I dont really care for talking to people I know in real life online. what the hell is the point in that?

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“Kung Fu Komix is that rare comic that is made with heart and love of the medium, and it delivers” -Zenstrive
“Kung Fu Komix is…so awesome” -threeeyeswurm
“Kung Fu Komix is..told with all the stupid exuberance of the genre it parodies” -The Real Macabre
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Custard Trout at 11:55AM, Nov. 24, 2008
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We teach kids for a living and about 5 days ago one of our student actually said OMG in place of the actual spoken words Oh My God…

My brother does this all the time. Good thing I moved out when I did or it would have driven me insane. Now I get to be driven insane by the three idiot girls living in the same building as me doing it instead.

That's not to say the internet is completely terrible, I am actually learning lots of interesting things about ants while typing this.
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Ironscarfs Ghost at 12:45PM, Nov. 24, 2008
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With the help of the internet the English language in popular usage will eventually dissolve into a collection of consonants, acronyms and facial ticks to represent keyboard characters.

The old version of English will end up like heiroglyphs did in ancient Egypt: only understood by priests and a select few scholars. No one will care about this except Australians, who will designate an annual day of celebration because they hate the British so much!
Er……..boo!
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kyupol at 1:40PM, Nov. 24, 2008
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Do you know who is making you stupid?

1) The chemical attack
- the fluoride
- the vaccines
- the gmo foods
- the polluted air (no its not about your “carbon footprint”. LOOK UP IN THE SKY and see those weird-looking clouds that arent “contrails”).


2) The psychological attack

- the schools. Purposely dumbing you down. I can't believe that I've been one of the smartest people in class (based on how everyone asks me a question if theyre not sure with the school work. based on the high marks I kept getting on essays) when I went to one of those public schools. But in the Philippines, I'm just “average”. I'm not really smart. So dont think I'm bragging that I'm such a smart guy.

Also I commend the schools on a good job on brainwashing. Job well done. I hate it when you get the:
- Oh you don't like Obama, you must hate black people!!!
- Oh you talk about the New World Order you must hate Jews!!!
- Oh you're talking about how depressed you are, you must be an emo!!!
- Oh you're talking about God, Jesus, etc… you must hate homosexuals!!!
- Oh you're against globalization you must be a commie!!!


- The media. Man… the TV is so dumb. I can't watch it. I only watch the news and occasional stuff on Spike TV (being a guy… I do have an inclination to the “macho stuff”). And what about that crap you hear on the radio nowadays that passes of as “music”. While there's good ones, majority of it is just about bling, bitches, and BS. (ex: SOULJA BOY A YOOOOUUUU!!!! YOOOOUUUU!!!) like wtf?!? Its the systematic destruction of culture.

———-

As for the internet, I do partially agree with the original poster.

Though I must say that the internet (as it is) is one of the last bastions of freedom.

It does have alot of stupidity but at the same time it has info that is good as gold.

It works both ways, you see.


Uugh… I didnt mean to rant. lol!
NOW UPDATING!!!
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