“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” — George Carlin
If social media is any guide — as the above examples illustrate — there is a trend in the world towards stupidity. It’s not new: there has always been a lack of intelligence running through humanity, as the quote by comedian George Carlin implies. Because of our increased ability to connect in public, we don’t have to go far to gauge the goofiness.
For those who consider themselves to be reasonably intelligent, it’s distressingly easy to make judgments on how (and why) the tone and the level of discourse appears to be dropping. Answers to tough questions such as “What is my role in life?” and “Where do I go from here?” can be difficult to find when the public platforms of expression seem cluttered with crap.
“The best thing about the Internet is it gives everyone a platform… which is also the worst thing about the Internet.” — anonymous
Stupidity is not limited to the incurious and unthinking. None of us is perfect, and we all can fall victim to “brain farts” every once in a while. Sometimes we even get unintentional help from the very technology we depend on to live our digital lives.
In my opinion, some of it is intentional… at least, I’d like to think so. And why not? Life is full of pitfalls and reversals: might as well try to have some laughs while you can.
It’s far easier to be stupid — and more fun, too. YOLO. LOL. TTFN. — Bo Gembarsky