As I’ve mentioned before, I love to read and I love to learn new things. I don’t want to stagnate me by not embracing technology or by sticking with what’s safe. Learning new techniques for crafting, cooking (even though I HATE cooking), sewing, etc. keeps me excited and fresh. The internet is a cornucopia of information, that’s a great thing, right? I can find articles and/or videos on a huge assortment of topics. Reading others blogs is also a way to keep up to date on trends. Seriously, I can watch videos of bot flies being hatched from someone’s skin, read about the “god particle”, look at an amateur photographers awesome pictures and then laugh at photos of captioned animals, read that Bank of America is as skeevy and ruthless as I thought – all in about 30 minutes! Technology is BRILLIANT! However, no good deed (or thing) goes unpunished. Because of the internet, I know things that I never wanted to know. Seen things I never needed to see, such as Miley Cyrus’s tongue – over and over and over. I could have lived my life very happily without ever hearing the name Miley Cyrus. I would have been infinitely happier had I never seen her ever present tongue.
Because of the internet, I know all the Kardashians names and what they look like. I know who Miley Cyrus is. I’ve seen what two girls do with a cup. I know the words to “Call Me Maybe”, seen the definition of “goetze”. Watched a tattooed penis go from larva to full grown “butterfly”, know who Honey Boo Boo and Mama June are. The internet is a bottomless pit of muck and useless information that is IN YOUR FACE simply because you turn on your computer, tablet or telephone.
I don’t watch the Kardashian show(s), nor do I watch the show with that horrid Boo Boo child. I know about these people because it and/or they are plastered on the web 24/7 for weeks! I could have lived for 100 more years without ever hearing about or seeing Kanye West after the Taylor Swift thing. (I don’t listen to either’s music but I know who they are!) But then he goes and knocks-up Kim Kardashian (she has such exquisite taste in men, doesn’t she?) it was ALL-KANYE-ALL-KIM-ALL-THE-TIME! You’da thunk the woman was going to birth the new Messiah.
The internet isn’t just dumbing down America, it’s dumbing down the world! Okay, Okay! That’s extreme but it could happen if the entire world was as obsessed as we are with celebrity. Didja know that if you ask little kids nowadays what they want to be when they grow up, the main answer is, “Famous!” Not an astronaut, cowboy, ballerina, doctor or teacher. They want to be famous. Hopefully parents will teach them the difference between famous and infamous.
PS. (I'm alive! I made it. Well, so far!)
6 blew out from under the bed:
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I'm glad you're alive, I knew you would BE!
" AND … Alan Thicke is his father!"
Wow...I had no idea about that.
I agree with you about the Internet, because what used to only be on TV or printed in tabloids, is now being printed on the Internet.
I don't watch TV at all or read newspapers and magazines, so half the time I don't even know about this unless information. So the only time I hear about it is online, if someone posts about it or I happen to just stubble upon it while Googling for something.
"Hopefully parents will teach them the difference between famous and infamous."
And X you, Sis!
I agree with this post. For about a year I got rid of TV. Just had Internet and Netflix. It was wonderful. I got TV and it is trying it's hardest to suck me back in but I have the discipline to just watch sports on it...that is the only reason I have regular TV.
But even there, the internet stupidity is prevalent....
I will be honest, I feel that My IQ has dropped significantly this past year.
Great post! I thank God there's always the ON/OFF button. ;)
"Dumbing down" might just be a very gross understatement!!!
well, I guess I am doing better, because most of those names, Other than Miley the Tongue wielding skeez, I didn't know. Do I get some sort of prize for not knowing what a kardasian is Or a boo boo with honey?
I think i would be lost with out my insane love of you tube ... but I am hooked on some crazy shit there..~hangs head~
maybe I will be evil and send you some links..
I guess we have to take the good with the bad and tune out and turn off when it's really bad. I have seen a few minutes of Honey BooBoo... oh my ... really, really bad. But I've watched a few episode of Duck Dynasty and find that family kind of enjoyable in a weird our lives have absolutely nothing in common but I like their personalities kind of way. LOL I've got a Vimeo on hold to watch because another blogger recommended good documentary and catching up with friends via blogs, email, FB is always wonderful. Yup, it's just a matter or sorting thru all the crap and finding the good little gems.
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