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The New York Times wants you to resist the internet


It's a silly premise. Resist a communications technology that is revolutionizing pretty much everything we do as a species? Why? How?

Isn't it the Times that mocks conservatives for standing athwart history yelling "Stop!"?

But that's not the part of the article I wanted to point out. You see, the author makes a few points that are perhaps more revealing than they intended.

NYTimesBut there are also excellent reasons to think that online life breeds narcissism, alienation and depression, that it’s an opiate for the lower classes and an insanity-inducing influence on the politically-engaged

By insanity-inducing, they mean Trump, presumably. I would point to the hordes of social justice warriors engaged in self-harm, fits of hysteria, and false reports of hate crimes as a better example. The sane people this election cycle are those who don't get their news from the Times.

But more important than that -- who popularized the phrase "opiate of the masses?" Yep, that's an original Marxism.

And how will they achieve their internet-free utopia where the only source for news and information on current events will be newspapers like them?

NYTimesSo a digital temperance movement would start by resisting the wiring of everything, and seek to create more spaces in which internet use is illegal, discouraged or taboo. Toughen laws against cellphone use in cars, keep computers out of college lecture halls, put special “phone boxes” in restaurants where patrons would be expected to deposit their devices, confiscate smartphones being used in museums and libraries and cathedrals, create corporate norms that strongly discourage checking email in a meeting.

Yeah, they'll just ban it. You're going to make internet use illegal? confiscate property? prevent people from being attentive to their business requirements? with force of law?

Come back to me when you've repealed the 1st, 4th, and 5th amendments and suppressed the resulting civil war.

This entry was published 2017-03-16 10:34:17.0 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2017-03-16 10:34:17.0. [Tweet]

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