Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Capirus, Oct 27, 2019.
Not gonna lie that did cheer me up a bit.
Or just he means Instant Message Angry@HowAngryYouAre.com
It's only a temporary limp. You'll be fine soon.
Unlike me, my limp is permanent.
Y-yeah, it's totally not because I'm a butt monkey when it comes to punctuation.
That was the plan.
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks that way. Social media is exactly the FIRST place a lot of people are getting their information (or misinformation) from instead of actually doing ANY amount of research on their own. It's like people got too lazy or something, or they don't know how to use the internet (even though they're on it 24/7 to the point where you might as well surgically graft the smart phone to their face.)
As an example of this...recently...some people decided it was a good idea to put cardboard on top of grass, and then top soil on top of the cardboard. They then put potted plants in holes dug into the soil. They wondered why their plants were dying. They all had smart phones...with internet access. Enough said. (And if you know what I'm talking about...don't bother mentioning what it is, or what it's in reference to unless you want to do it in PM).
Words cannot express how true this is. I read the news for serious issues but I also have a habit of checking comments to see how others think. Most of them just cry foul at said article (y'know... the standard talking points. "Fake News!") and make me question whether to trust it anymore. When I'm told I can't trust my sources of research how do I even research?
I might be leaning too far into Rule 3 with this.
Nah. But I'll PM you with what I typically do.
You can't trust anything you read.
Some basic pointers, as much as possible without specifically getting into forbidden territory -
Always consider the following with content providers -
Who is their primary audience?
What is their overall stance on issues?
What is their business model?
Who are they owned by?
Always consider the following with stories -
What is the original source for the story?
Does the version presented in the publication match the source or other publications of similar or higher repute?
If people are quoted or referenced, who are they?
Always consider the following with commentators and experts -
What is their background?
What do they do for a living and where do they do it?
If they are billed as being from an organisation, what is that organisation and what are they about?
Recommend research -
How each type of media works in regards to reaching, targeting and monetising audiences.
How advertising works, especially on the internet and social media.
How are the above things regulated or not regulated and what are the consequences of that.
How socio-economic factors are used to generate support and revenue
Get a better understanding of the major political and economic theories then what is commonly presented
20th century world history, paying particular attention to how the major events and disasters of that era actually came about
In-depth history of your own country and region, don't rely on school or mass media for this
Another good idea is to look at the same news story from multiple differing viewpoints. If one news outlet takes once stance, read that one and another that normally takes the exact opposite stance. At least then you get most of the facts, and can start to piece together something of a coherent understanding of what's going on and form your own opinion.
What's unfortunate (and avoiding Rule 3), is most media outlets are terrible at self-assessing where they fall on the spectrum of portraying current events because we, as humans, have a hard time self-assessing in general. It's a learned skill and one that's very difficult to master. Most media sources on one side of an issue will swear they fall in the middle, while also swearing their counterparts fall on the extreme far side of the issue. What's ironic is their counterparts say the same thing in reverse. Additionally, most of the "impartial" sources for fact-checking and bias-checking end up having their own built in bias, so it's a tossup if you are actually getting any accurate information.
What's the lesson? You really have to do your own research and formulate your own opinion. Primary sources are the best sources.
On a different topic...
I enjoyed Ready Player One. It was a fresh novel, and a quick read. The movie was okay. I know there are some people who argue the book hasn't aged well and brings out all the worst aspects of nerd or gamer culture. Fair enough. It's still a fun read, despite the failings.
Armada is NOT a fun read. I rarely cannot recommend a book, and I can't recommend this one. It was just a chore to get through. What worked for RP1 ended up becoming a burden in Armada. At the end of the book, I know nothing about the main character except he almost beat someone to death, then almost attacked the same person with a tire iron, and then the same person shows up to ask for his autograph. And he wins the Medal of Honor for playing video games. And that he sprays sci-fi references and similes incessantly.
All the things that RP1 was able to work through because of the good story, drown Armada. Sophomore slump maybe?
Is armada a sequel, spinoff or just its own thing?
It's own thing.
Whew... I'm still hopeful for a RP2.
The construction site for the new neighborhood that's literally right next door never sends out notifications for what they're doing, which normally isn't TOO bad, but it's 8:30 in the morning and the literal ground is shaking while there's this obnoxiously loud banging noise going on.
If I wasn't already up because of my work schedule in the middle of the ongoing pandemic, I would be really freaking pissed. As it stands, I'm just really annoyed at how the people in charge of the whole affair don't give a shit about letting people know about things that would otherwise most likely constitute noise threshold violations in a residential area.
Noise ordinance restrictions are generally part of a construction plan agreement with the city. If it were a citizen jackhammering a foundation at 08:00 there would be an issue UNLESS they got a permit that allowed for it.
Doesn't make it any less annoying.
Yeah, the ironic thing is that normally I don't think this would even be a problem as most people would be at work under normal, non-pandemic work-from-home conditions. Does make me curious just what they're doing, though, as the operations all last week suggest they're just leveling the ground out - the road has been fully laid out complete with the concave concrete edging so I guess laying the foundations for the homes are next.
Either that or blowing up bedrock. They did that when our company's DC was being built and it sounded like loud popping followed by lots of sudden shaking.
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