Has the internet ruined honest debate?
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19-05-2012, 02:18 AM
Has the internet ruined honest debate?
The internet connects everyone across the world, making it possible to hold discussions and debate issues more easily than ever. So hypothetically, humanity should be arriving at universally accepted ideas about morals, politics, and religions due to collaboration and analytical dissection on a massive scale. Hypothetically.

But instead what we have is a bunch of willfully ignorant morons shouting their unresearched rhetoric while refusing to consider any ideas but their own. The internet grants us anonymity, which carries with it the delightful trait of having no responsibility. You aren't Joe Smithers of Ohio, ranting about how "fags should leave America." You are xJS2001x, and he can be as bigoted as he wants because there are no repercussions in the digital world.

An actual debate involves considering the other person's point of view and politely expressing why you disagree. Internet debates involve hastily googling something that vaguely supports your idea (found on a geocities domain name) then berating the other person mercilessly for being so ridiculously misguided. And not only is your opponent incorrect, he's also mentally retarded and a homosexual living in his mom's basement. Everyone is a google scholar. You don't have the pressure of answering in a matter of seconds anymore, forcing you to admit that you don't know the answer. Rather, you now have hours under the guise of "I actually HAVE a life. Forgive me for having things to do." And in those few hours, you can piece together enough of everyone else's ideas to present the pretense that these are your ideas.

Everyone is so concerned with "being right" and "winning" the argument that no one cares about discovering the truth of the issue. It's one big dick waving competition where even shrill voiced teens can pretend to be knowledgeable in between shrieking at their mothers for more chocolate milk.

Everyone takes opinions to the extreme now. If you support gay marriage, then you support polygamy and bestiality. If you are pro-choice, then you are pro-murder. Obamacare is extreme socialism. And socialism is the tool for terrorists. And terrorists hate America for our freedom. You can just say the most extreme one-sided sh*t because you aren't held accountable for your opinions. Glenn Beck tried internet debating in real life and ended up crying, crazy, and fired.

"Ain't got no last words to say, yellow streak right up my spine. The gun in my mouth was real and the taste blew my mind."

"We see you cry. We turn your head. Then we slap your face. We see you try. We see you fail. Some things never change."
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Has the internet ruined honest debate? - Buddy Christ - 19-05-2012 02:18 AM
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