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"I Would Prefer a World Without the Internet"

Marcato

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H0ethYx.pngFunny thing, the internet. Bloody brilliant idea, something just about everyone has access to and contains massive amounts of information. We’re privileged to live in a world where any information we desire can be accessed whenever we like so long as we’re within that wi-fi modem’s range.

 

However I think after this blog post many of you may view me a little differently in that regard. I’m going to be likely the only person among thousands here that has this to say about the internet.

 

 

 

I think the world would be better off without the internet.

 

 

You all know the gist of how my mind works and how passionate I can be about my thoughts, so brace yourself. This will likely be quite controversial.

 

“The internet is a genius and amazing idea. It is kind of like communism. It is really great on paper but in practice someone always has to screw it up.” ~A very dear friend of mine

 

The internet was a tool. It was meant to make things easily accessible. It successfully achieved this, and far more than its creator originally intended! Unfortunately… it also achieved something I’m sure the creator of it did not intend on doing.

 

He created a weapon that harms people from multiple fronts, ranging from wisdom, emotion, language, communicational and even the state of the world’s economy and various governments.

 

Yeah, there’s plenty of positives that the internet brings. MLP Forums exist, me and many friends likely would never meet but… then I stop and think to myself: “If I didn’t waste all my time behind a computer screen, would I be better at face-to-face communication? Would I be smarter from reading books and researching as a pass time? Would I be doing better in school?” And as I begin asking these questions I realize there are a lot of things that I could be doing rather than being on the internet.

 

You’re right. I could choose not to use it. But I think all of us are far too deep in various forms of crap in order to do that. And not just my online responsibilities, such as ‘moderation’ and working on the Poniverse gaming project. I’m more referring to the fact that we’ve found so much other stuff to occupy our time with. Most of these things are certainly fun, gaming, laughing at entertaining pictures, internet memes. They’re all fun and worth a laugh! But there’s too damn much of it!

 

KBy3II5.jpgHave a look at this. The sheer number of different kinds of memes should be plenty of evidence that there’s a lot of stuff out there. Sure, lots of it is probably false and uninteresting. But think of it a moment, how many of these 10,532 memes do you know of? How many do you find entertaining? Now think of how many instances of each meme there are, with different captions on the same picture, and edits, and adjustments.

 

They’re all fun, but there’s so much it swallows the subject whole. I’ve managed to get myself lost in Imgur and the meme websites, and even youtube, quite often. Even when I should be doing other work, or something productive. Most people feel some sort of guilt over this, and I’m not accusing those that don’t.

 

Think of how many more great minds there’d be out there if we dedicated our time to learning and growing instead of sitting in front of the screen watching the same picture with minor changes each time over and over again.

 


 

Now… dare I get started on the “cyberbullying” and “anonymity” topic?

 

I won’t touch up on this too much, because most of us have heard all of this stuff before.

  • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
  • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
  • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.
  • Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying
  • Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement
  • 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
  • About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others
  • Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying

 

 

Hopefully those stats will strike you as extremely concerning.

 

I’m accusing nobody here. I just think this is something that is seriously disturbing about the internet. There’s a ridiculous number of speeches and walls of text about this topic, unfortunately from personal experience I have some doubts these get very far.

 

So why do I include it at all?

 

I’m sixteen years old. How many writers of those professional articles and news clips are fellow teenagers who feel extremely passionate about this, and have experienced these troubles themselves? Maybe more than I think, but I’d like to make it clear, I am a teenaged social rights and justice activist.

I believe if more people my age raised their voices things may start happening. Call it a dream, a distant hope, but a dream doesn’t become a reality unless you believe it can.

 


 

Regardless of how I appear online, I am not a social person.

 

I have attempted to make an effort, a valiant effort, to improve me real life communication skills. I can’t think quickly, I need time to gather my thoughts and write things down. Correct and control myself.

 

However as of lately I've discovered it’s actually working. I’m better at communicating my ideas and thoughts through voice and word of mouth.

 

Think of the days when people wrote letters, two-hundred years ago. When you see those the language in them is… confusing? No, spectacular. (mywordiloveitalics) The people back then were experts at verbal communication, so when they sat down to write a well thought-out letter they wrote what could be consider masterwork tales and accounts of personal experiences. Why? Because they had time to think about it, something they rarely had back then. Therefore there communication skills were excellent, because they were forced to use it.

 

Oh yes some of you can already see where this is going.

1. The decline of the English language

2. The ease of mistreatment behind a keyboard.

 

Now… again I won’t touch up on the second point much, but hear me out.

 

When I say the decline of the English language I’m referring to things like this:

 

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(Yahoo Answers. The answer displayed isn’t entirely accurate to all of Canadia. At least the questioner used a question mark.)

 

Yeah, and that’s not the worst of it. Browse yahoo answers for a while some day. See what you can find. Then you have my permission to curl up into a fetal position and cry.

 

As someone who loves ancient literature (that explains a lot) I enjoy writing styles such as Tolkien’s, and B­eowulf’s translated tale. Dang I wish I lived in the times of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Those seem like the pinnacle time of wisdom and great writing. Then technology began picking up speed and mankind became a little too bold, even a little too lazy, eventually resulting in the internet and the famous trend setter “lol.”

 

Me and my friend (the same one who uttered the communism quote earlier) go to the library for 2 – 3 hours per week, and dedicate ourselves to either writing, or reading. I’ve been reading Beowulf lately, and he some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s more obscure written works, edited and released by his own son Christopher Tolkien. This was my first step to disconnecting myself from the internet a little. I choose not to rely on the internet to gain my information and read, either historical fiction or actual ancient history/mythology books.

 

Those are my interests of course, and not yours necessarily.

 

My point is, we’ve learned quite a bit lately in regards to the Celtic culture and history, as well as found some great literature to learn from. (We are both writers. We are fascinated by fantasy worlds and fictional history.)

 


 

Now to conclude…

 

I am a teenager living in the past, longing for the times of Tolkien to return. It’s not possible of course, I missed that time period. Unless some of those post-apocalyptic stories about technology come true, we’re stuck here. Yeah, maybe this is a venting blog, but I do think we can take things away from this. We likely can’t completely disconnect ourselves from the internet and/or technology. (Heck in this modern world that’d probably be a bad idea.) However we can improve it for ourselves.

 

I’m going to start by limiting my internet or computer time. I doubt I’ll keep it consistently but you can be damn sure I’ll try.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post. If you have something to say, feel free to comment and discuss, but please keep it civil. If you want to debate I’d like it to be calm and with care.

 

If you like these sorts of blog entries, I will likely be making more. Though your ratings and ‘brohooves’ (or lack thereof) will help me decide when and what my next blog entry will be.

 

Cheers, everypony!

 

~Matthew E.M. Grice, Marcato

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It's not the matter of with or without Internet. This is the same kind of opinions as, "The world would be better without religion," or, "The world would be better without video games," or anything along that line. Have read so many of them.

 

I guess it's just human nature to blame something else for bad things. Instead of blaming themselves that they can't use the Internet, video games or religion properly, they blame the object in question for being existent instead.

 

"I wouldn't be this socially-awkward if Internet didn't exist!"

"I wouldn't hate other religion followers if religions didn't exist in the first place!"

"I would have a sweet childhood if video games weren't there to steal it from me!"

 

Yes. If you're socially awkward, don't have time to study, or whatever, it's your damn fault. If your Internet responsibilities restrain you, it's your fault for making them. Don't bite off more than you can chew.

 

The Internet was made to help people in gathering information. It works, indeed. I've learned so much from the Internet, had a good time on Youtube and Memecenter, etc. Sure, sometimes shitstorm happened here and there, but honestly, you can always get a control of yourself and turn your attention to something else.

 

Fun fact for you. You can use the Internet and go to the library with your friend.

 

There are more choices than to use or not to use. There's an easy choice to admit your fault and learn from it. If you can't go on and you can't go back, you can always wait and look around the scenery.

 

P.S. No, I don't like, "These sorts of blog entries."

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"Technology isn't intrinsically good or bad, it's all in how you use it. Like the death ray!"        ~ Professor Farnsworth

 

 

I got mix feelings about this, as I can see your point of view as will as sky's. Most internet interaction takes place on forums, where there is a lot of, well, darkness of humanity comes from. Though if you got rid of the entire internet, most of your games just went obsolete as well as your credit cards and stay-at-home shopping. 

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Y'see now, having a different or unique opinion is extremely difficult nowadays. 

 

Damn straight I can go to the library and use the internet. I believe a balance can be found. I just feel that the internet is becoming too much of a focus for everything. 

 

Damn straight you don't bite off more than you can chew. However that's a problem that covers multiple different issues ranging from personal consciousness and self-control.

 

Speaking of self control that isn't exactly something everyone has... someone with ADHD like myself or is just plain not very good at self-control will struggle. 

 

Though you hold a fair point with the religion comparison, 

 

 

Instead of blaming themselves that they can't use the Internet, video games or religion properly, they blame the object in question for being existent instead.

would like to ask you; how does one use any of these things correctly, and by what moral compass?

 


 

In regards to peoples behavior though... human nature is another broad topic that is even more controversial than this one, dependent on worldviews and opinions at the same time. 

 

P.S. No, I don't like, "These sorts of blog entries."

 

Regardless, thank you for your honesty. I'll keep opinions like these to myself next time, because it looks like this blog entry wasn't received well on multiple fronts. (Both public and private.)

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Y'see now, having a different or unique opinion is extremely difficult nowadays. 

 

Sure. Those who have unkind opinions are excluded in this must-agree society.

 

If it's not about that, no. This opinion of yours isn't unique. As I said, I've read many of these stuff. Or if it's about me saying something against your opinion, is it wrong for me to have an opinion on this matter as well?

 

would like to ask you; how does one use any of these things correctly, and by what moral compass?

 

There's this one cool thing called understanding. To understand something completely, one has to see that thing from the most humble and unbiased point of view.

 

If you keep disturbing the water while trying to see what lies on the bottom the pond, you won't be able to see it, but if you hold any urge, like perhaps you want to prove that your guess about what's in the pond is right, and wait, the water will become clean and you can see what's inside.

 

Some study religions just to see which is wrong and which is bad. They read holy books with biased minds, which are set to look for as many mistakes as possible. They won't get anywhere, no matter how hard they try. They will lost in their own busy minds, while actually the truth is very simple. Religion is just a guide on how to be a good people. If you look at religions in a clear, unbiased and humble perspective, you will find that all of the chaos is very stupid.

 

A rock is still a rock, no matter what. If someone doesn't believe that it's a rock, you can throw it to them and they will still feel the pain. There's no moral compass needed in true seeing. Just a clean mind.

 

The same with your case. My guess is, deep in yourself, you just want to blame the Internet for your IRL issues, and try to come out with as many reasons as possible to justify your accusation, in a sad attempt to satisfy yourself.

 

I admit I did the same thing very often when I was mad to someone. I played a role of a judge in my own mind, with the person I was angry to as the criminal. I accused him of so many crimes without letting him to speak and throw the asshole to the jail after shouting a loud, "HA!" right on to his face. Stupid and sad, I know, but at least I admitted this wrong doing and learned from it.

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