Saturday, October 22, 2005

How Dare You Read The Internet!

The fallout from the topic discussed by Arthur down below continues to reverberate around Delaware. I'm curious, were these kids posting stuff like this on the internet born stupid? Or did they just grow up that way? When it comes to the nature vs. nurture debate, I tend to side with nature. (Funny story, a program for us smart kids in college tried to get us to think that you can make the next generation of leaders, while I tended to argue that you were born that way. They didn't much care for that theory. Yet the program was run by a bunch of out of the closet gays who I'm sure otherwise grew up in straight environments. Sheesh.) The basic gist of the argument these kids are putting forth is that they're entitled to post as much personal information about themselves as they'd like to, including photos revealing a violent, gun playing side (and the state police are going to love checking into illegal firearms these stoned fools take pictures of themselves with) or even a more sexual side. That's fine if you're 26, not so much if you're 16, though some Delawareans (you know, the ones from Rehomo) may not mind. Those are the creeps we hear about every week being in possession of child porn.

So as I listen to the arguments put forth by these teens (A battle of wits with an unarmed group of stoners), their assertion is that wellllllll, they should be able to read the news, opinion articles, listen to ball games, and download music, movies and tv shows at absolutely no cost at all. After all, it's on the internet. They should also be allowed to publish for all the world to see any and everything going on in their lives, including who they're getting high with, drunk with, or screwing around with. But while they should have the right to download all that stuff that's in public, everyone but their parents are allowed to look at their websites. Nevermind that they're likely using computers provided by their parents, they actually expect you to not view something that's there for everyone else in the world to see! That's tantamount to me going down to the Rehoboth boardwalk and walking around naked, but asking you not to watch. (though the ladies would surely dig that, yeah baby!) No doubt in my mind, these kids were just born that stupid. And most of the time, I fully believe they inherit their dumbness from their parents, who either don't care or don't suspect that their little Ryan would be capable of such behavior. I guess that's up to the state police to decide, huh? Remember abstinence is the best way to prevent stupid kids from populating the world. That, or I hope you become a Trojan Man.


At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Mike M. said...

You guys should register with and join the ecosystem!


At 7:01 AM, Blogger Mike said...

"Rehomo"? Is that really needed? You are subverting your point about kids and blogging by tipping a huge hint of knee-jerk homophobia. This may serve to drive away some readers who might otherwise benefit from your thoughts and who might add to the discussion.

Or, did you want to come out of the closet as strongly anti-gay and save folks the trouble of having to read your posts?

Snarkiness aside (sorry) if you want to declare yourselves as against homosexuality, you'd be more likely to influence the debate if you did so with some slght amount of decorum.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Dickie Dunn said...

Mike, relax. Part of the reason I do this is because it gives me the ability to be a little irreverant from time to time when maybe I otherwise can't be. Offensive? Well, I guess to some, but I also reserve the right to offend any and everyone from time to time. But anti-gay is definitely not a description one would really be able to label me with. Homophobic? Not with the people I associate with on a regular basis (boy, how much does that sound like the excuse "ooh, well I can't be racist/sexist/homophobic because my best friend is black/green/purple/female/gay what have you," ugh I hate that). Irreverent though I am, definitely.

To clarify though, I've been told that when teenage boys from Cape put up their profiles on such sites, it's not unusual for them to be messaged online by older men.

I'm of the belief that anyone interested in molesting children or teenagers, be it man or woman, straight or gay, should be punished severely. Hopefully you don't come to expect an anti-gay vibe to eminate from this blog. It won't.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Dana Garrett said...

I agree w/ Mike on the Rehomo comment.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Dickie, I hear what you are saying and I think I see what you are trying to do. I'm glad you are not a homophobe, but I guess I would caution against going too far into irreverent-ness.

If you are trying to communicate with people -- and I think you are -- you have to find a balance between getting the point across and being irreverent.

If you go to far, you distract from the conversation.

Sorry to be so preachy (of course, it is Sunday). I do worry, though, that the world of web blogs is becoming too polarized.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Dickie Dunn said...

Sometimes my aim is to be an equal opportunity, bi-partisan offender in harmless fun. Maybe I watch Jon Stewart too often. And if only there was a mass that started later in the morning, maybe I'd pay more attention.

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Mike M. said...

I actually don't mind the Rehomo comment. Here's how I qualify it. If it would sound funny coming out of Chris Rock's mouth in a certain context, then I don't mind. If there's real hate behind it then I do have a problem.


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