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The wise count their failures as a stepping stone to a greater success. The foolish count their failures.
What was your latest failure and what did it teach you?
Most content consumption leads to anger, hate, and mental pain. Not consuming content leads to mellowness and peace but an uninformed stance. I used to think the world was "nice" and most people were "good" but it seems harder and harder to find those things I used to think. Is the internet just very good at highlighting the "edge cases". Does the internet accurately represent the world and its opinion as a whole or is it just edge case after edge case.
Don't be a doomer, dude. It's cringe af. There are plenty of good people in the world and most content on the internet is actually great. Highly organized political action groups and state actors are able to amplify propaganda using bots but that's easy to filter out. Just curate your feed.
White people raped and pillaged the world for centuries. Now that we took their toys away they are throwing a hissy fit by being fascist right wing trolls. It's mainly white American men. Most people are alright. Don't let it get you down.
This is a pretty zen attitude.
Kinda boring tbh
Just don't care about it. Limit your emotional response.
Filter bubbles certain contribute to losing a sense of what other people think. ie: wordlist filters, user blocking functions, ect...
Do you think the 1% rule is true, that for every 99 people who read something, only one will post? If that's the case, then everything on the internet is an edge case.
You might find this insightful: I Hate the News - Aaron Swartz aaronsw.com/weblog...
Have you read local newspapers? That might be a way for you to restore some faith in humanity. Mainstream media tend to have one or another form of political agenda so in turbulent times they can get rather nasty.
Well according the UN more than half of the world doesn't have access to the internet so I would say no, not the worlds. As for the people who do and the content they create if you look closely you'll find that you're probably having more negative content pushed on you than you realize. Media, advertisers etc. know that negativity gets clicks.
The 1% rule ( en.m.wikipedia.org...) ) states that, as a rule of thumb, only 1% of users actually engage and create content. So yeah, the internet is good at giving a voice to the edge cases. Most people are normal (whatever that means).
Assumption 1: content consumption leads to hate, etc. Assumption 2: no consumption the opposite. Those are just that, assumptions. Anecdata: I know several people that consume a lot of content and are fairly peaceful, as I know people who don't consume and are assholes.
Just a handful of people can spoil your perception of the others but it doesn't speak to the fact that the others are also as bad.
It depends on where you decide to look. Filtering is the ultimate problem. News can be addictive, moderation is difficult. My rule of thumb is to frequent places with active and stimulating conversations. Avoid Twitter, FB. Maintain a selection of subreddits which you like and actively leave the ones that start to get polluted.