didich wrote:Yes. And this fact keeps getting funnier every time I think about it.
The Internet is an interesting mirror to analyse. I'm not saying that the Internet makes
people dumber, but (and you can find examples in, but not limited to, this very forum) it tends to show a more irrational side of an individual, thanks to the anonimity it provides.
Cracked article to follow: http://www.cracked.com/article_19860_5-scientific-ways-internet-dividing-us.html
Not that Cracked's sources are totally reliable, but the article explains (and I think it's right, at least partly) that the Internet, instead of serving its original purpose (that's it, to be a place to discuss many diferent subjects and understand different opinions) has started to divide one person from another. This division doesn't necessarily make people dumber, but it obviously limits their ability to assimilate and comprehend information that it's not accepted by the majority, effectively becoming another tool in which individuals are taugh to follow the mass.
When one follows the mass, it's because, generally, he or she feels accepted by it. Therefore, this individual won't be afraid to impose his/her opinion over another, even if this opinion doesn't make too much sense from a logical, argumental standpoint, because he or she knows that the mass will be suportive.
One becomes part of the mass, and, in essence, loses lots of the qualities that make this person an individual. Why? Because of the behaviour I've described. The process of one's own radicalism exponential growth is, theoretically, repeated ad infinitum
= characteristics that are shared witht he mass growth exponentially, those which are not shared start to get eclipsed and then disappear into oblivion, the person then is incapable of accepting new information if it's not shared by the majority of the mass.
I said it's funny, because that's not the Internet's purpose and it shows how inherent is this quality (the need of acceptation, to become something bigger than oneself) in human nature. This, so-to-speak, 'loophole' can be abused as much as any other ideal, to manipulate people.