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Downfall of Society

Posted on: January 20, 2008 2:30 am
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Cars.  Cars started it all.  Before I go anty farther, let me say that this is not an original thought, I saw this on the Discovery Channel, or some other similar channel a few years ago, but it bears repeating.

If a person is walking down the street, and accidentaly bumps into another person, what happens?  An apology is offered, and for the most part, is accepted.  However, if a person is driving on the highway, and another driver cuts him off, no apology is offered, and a rude gesture is usually given by the affronted party.  How many people do you know that would walk up to the front of a line at a movie theater, cutting in front of a line of people who have been waiting for their ticket?  How many people have you seen on the highway wait 'til the last possible moment to cut into traffic on a congested off-ramp?  The insular quality of an automobile brings with it a sense of entitlement.  Everybody thinks that their time is important, and it is, but until we were cocooned into our own privatebiosphere, we gave respect to those we shared the world with.  The car started it all.

I'm sure you can all see where I am going with this, and most assuredly, we have all been a party to the offenses.  I will not pretend to have never been an offender.  Yes, I am speaking of the medium on which I am now communicating, the internet.  The outlandish vitriol that people spew from their keyboards is outlandish, and the things they(we) type from the safety of their(our) homes are things they(we) would, in most cases, never say to another person.  I know that this is not a unique thought, but it's worth talking about.

The flip-side of this coin id the short-comings of this medium.  I might be sitting around with my friends, talking about sports, and a friend might say, "Tom Brady sucks!"  to which I might reply, "You're a f*cking idiot!"  What is lost, when I type this, is the sarcasm and friendly banter.

Often times, on message boards such as these, the true intention of a post may be lost, in some cases, rightfully so, by another poster who has been subjected to the same words, but not offered in a bantering tone.  It has often been said that if one has to explain a joke. then it has lost its humor, and I believe that to be true, but there must be some way to explain an intention without giving away the joke.

When I first started posting on this board, there were posters that I thought were just a$$holes, but after a while, I learned their sense of humor, and came to appreciate them.  There were others that would say practically the same thing, but their tongue in cheek attitude was clearly evident.  Some of us are born with the gift of communication, regardless of medium, some are not.  Let's give everyone the benefit you give to the person who bumps into you on the sidewalk.

I realize that this is a late night diatribe, but can't we focus on what we came here to do, pass some time and have some fun?  Probably not, but the next time you see someone make a ridiculous post, step back for a moment, respond in good humor, and if they are still adament in their ignorance, ignore them.

  Or rip them apart as you know you are capable of doing!

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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2008 8:36 am
 

Downfall of Society

Well, as someone who bicycled most everywhere back home, mj, I can personally attest to the "private biosphere" phenomenon.  If you think people don't notice you when you're in another car, try navagating traffic on a bicycle.  You're basically invisable to many.  I don't know how many times I could have been killed-  I lost count long ago.  I used to work with a lot of women, and we were on break, one brought up the fact that she had just bought one of those huge SUVs.  I asked her why she bought one of those, particularly when gas was getting more and more expensive, etc., and her response was that she "felt safe" driving it.  I replied that one should never feel "safe" behind the wheel of a vehicle, but should be alert and defensive at all times.  Don't think she appreciated my advice, but ah well...

Oddly enough, though, here in Japan you encounter much the same thing with bicycles, believe it or not.  You can't drive bikes on the main streets-  not only is it extremely dangerous, it's actually illegal. So you instead have people tearing around on the sidewalks on their bicycles.  And there are a gazillion bikes around-  everyone from kids to businessmen in suits to old ladies ride them here.  And they are agressive riders (and a good percentage of them, especially the young, are also yakking on their cell phones)!  Half of them don't understand the concept of yielding, so you wind up with a lot of near misses.  It was tough on the nerves, at least at first.  No one curses, but no one appologizes, either.  They just ignore what just happened and go along their merry ways.  This behavior struck me as being pretty strange, as the vast majority of Japanese are otherwise incredibly polite.  Where did this behavior come from?  From driving cars?  Some of the worst culprits are probably too young to drive...  It's an interesting question...




Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2008 7:55 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2008 6:54 pm
 

Downfall of Society

WOW!!  ok, now how do I get back to the song game from here?



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2008 3:01 am
 

Downfall of Society

So this is why you bought a Hummer? Run them over, find out later if they are azzholes or not.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2008 10:55 pm
 

Downfall of Society

privatebiosphere- you made me laugh.


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