We're halfway to the Mega Man Battle Network series becoming reality, what with how we have many things connected to the internet even when they shouldn't be connected to the internet. Now someone just needs to invent NetNavis so we can do some virus busting.
What gets me about these comments is that even if you are right, what's the alternative? Siding with you? You sound like you're stuck in a fantasy drama where you're off to slay some fictitious evil. Who would want you as an ally?
When you label someone as a devil, you force others to play devil's advocate.
It's an anti-government, anti-regulation, anti-establishment collection of horror stories and scare mongering that, like what passes on conservative talk radio, plays very well to it's audience but is laughed at loudly by everyone else.
There's a lot I could respond to here, but... I think that's enough to tell me that you cannot be reasoned with. Your attitude betrays you, as does your history.
I'm sorry. It's always a shame to see a person go to waste, even if that person has given you nothing but headaches. And that's the kind of attitude you would have yourself if you were legit.
The problem here is that you're telling everyone to do what they're already doing and have been doing for a long time. Most fights require a multi-pronged approach wherein you simultaneously blaze new trails while helping to break down the walls you refer to.
Given the pandemic of bribes and lobbying in the government, that sounds like a downright stupid thing to do. It would just be another instance of putting on a show to make the public think they have any influence when they actually don't.
Actually, that's the thing: he shares views that CAN'T be discussed because he makes it extremely clear that he's not interested in discussion. He talks at people, not with people. He's not interested in two-way communication. It's probably better to flag him and find a worthwhile opponent instead.
Meanwhile, people like Whatever tend to have a different problem: they don't try to read or understand the article and then respond with faux intellectualism, which comes off as galling to everyone else who's actually researched the subject. Both types of posters tend to easily get caught up in the mindset that they're the only people heroically crusading against a sea of ignorance, leading to a downward spiral of post quality that quickly gets kind of laughable and sad at the same time. I usually don't use the report button myself though unless insults start flying around.
I understand the frustration involved in this war, how it feels like slamming your head against a brick wall over and over. But the alternative is to just let the other side walk all over us, which isn't a realistic option at all. To bring about change, you must fight on every front that presents even an odium of opportunity.
Steel your resolve as Winston Churchill did when he famously said, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
Is there a way for people to recommend books for this feature? How do you pick what books the community might be interested in? There's probably no discrimination between fiction and non-fiction, I'm guessing.
People won't give you their confidence if you're dour or overbearing, even if you think it's for their own good. And if the people aren't behind you, then you have no power or influence.
You're not going to jolt anyone awake. To be brutally honest, that idea is a delusion. Instead you're just going to make people dismiss you because it takes too much effort to sort through your noise and see if there's anything useful in it.
I kinda agree with you. Apathy seems strong among people nowadays and people don't seem to pay as much attention to their communities as they should. Even things that seem out of our hands, like controlling who becomes the principal of a school, could probably be influenced if people just acted more. In fact, I'd go so far as to assert that most people have a lot more control over their lives than they think they do.
But you made your points in the worst way possible, so, reported. That's what happens when you work hard to be wrong even when you're right.
I kinda avoided it my entire life until it started producing episodes relevant to my interests. I saw most of the episode about free-to-play in mobile gaming, but turned it off when the Canadian Devil appeared. At that point, it just got relentlessly stupid.