6.14.2011

How the Internet Rots Our Brain; All in Pictures






12 comments:

Jared said...

Yes, but it is easier to filter the noise on the internet than the noise from those around you. The internet is part of the reason I learned enough to actually reject religions. My parents aren't particularly religious, but without the ability to order books not carried in any bookstores around me, nor the ability to learn about other religions, I would have at least remained religious until college.

Yes, there is a lot of noise and very little signal, but there always has been, and the way to deal with it hasn't changed much.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Yes, But you are far from normal my friend - and I mean that as a compliment... You don't mistake volume for substance.

Plus I'm really bummed today - Michelle Bachmann obviously has enough support to announce her candidacy today.

Jared said...

Well, I never claimed to be normal...or human for that matter, I haven't had the necessary genetic tests done. I heard about Bachmann. I hope for a Bachman/Palin ticket. The tag line can be "Why only settle for half crazy?" I also know a few people that seem to disproportionately absorb noise rather than signal---many of them vote Republican.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Well, you know my mathematical law of wit, don't you?

If w=wit,
w/2 + w/2 does not = w

rather w/2 and w/2 = w/2 x w/2 = w/4

Which is a proof of why 2 half-assed (or half-witted) things can never equal a whole.

It's math, after all.

Jared said...

I like that mathematical model. It needs some additions such as how despotic individuals (which are often quite smart) interact with a mass of half-wits and how the collective intelligence of large groups declines only to a certain point; that is, at no point would such a group begin voiding themselves in their own clothing, although they may reduce to grunts, incoherent yells, and random gunfire.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

that is, at no point would such a group begin voiding themselves in their own clothing,
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You've never been in the infield of the Indy 500, have you?

Jared said...

You've never been in the infield of the Indy 500, have you?
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Alcohol poisoning doesn't count.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

ah well - mine is more of a neocortical model anyway.

Jared said...

Also, after a bottle of fairly potent red wine, the thought struck me that this is extremely ironic in that most of the disinformation on the internet is found in images, whereas most of the factual information is found in text. Perhaps this is the wine talking...

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

DoH! must be the wine, do you really think imagery and not content is more suspect?

Harry C Pharisee said...

Oh come now Plinificent. You've never mentally masturbated to some trashy sci-fi 'novels?'

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

of course I have Harry - but my brain still fissles just like the picture ;)