Scientific Research & Self-Development Activism
Well you need to remember that arguing aggressively is always wrong. And arguing aggressively in such case is a little bit hypocritical if you criticise people for just sharing such stories to scare others, or interest them but doing nothing to help. You do nothing to help as aggressive is never a way to convince, and thats why people argue. Aggressive arguing just expresses your emotions, lets your anger go away but won't fulfill the main goal. You subconciously stop focusing on being reasonable and switch to emotional mode (which i hope isn't too admired in this community) Just think how do you react when someone argues aggressively with you, that just makes him look like a fanatic, and most certainly won't make you change your mind if you are so attached to it, just as those conspiracy theory fans are.
Maybe I used the wrong word here. I argue persistently. I don't just give up when people call me closed minded for not accepting their views.
Well, as you suggest - there is really nothing any of us can do to stop those who like to believe the end of the world is nigh - from doing so.
And certainly there are those among us who might hear/read such predictions and be heavily affected by them.
Agreed this sort of speculation does not help. But what concerns me is that some people are so vulnerable that such stories can affect them in such a dramatic way. I do wonder how this came to be - what has gone on in their lives for them to be this way.
That being the case, if it was not the doomsday predictors who got under their skin then it would have most likely been something or someone else.
Perhaps the best we can do is to offer an alternative philosophy to the doom and gloom. But as to whether or not anyone will listen (who perhaps needs to) - who knows?
While I agree that spreading panic is a detriment to society, it is the responsibility of the reader to choose to accept or reject the ideas presented in any article. The internet has granted everyone the near infinite access to information. Without belittling the tragedy and emotional turmoil involved with the suicide of this young woman, it was her responsibility to check reliable sources, and react rationally to a perceived threat on her future.
Additionally, it is in no way appropriate to use this sorrowful incident as a rallying cry for your side of an argument.
How am I using this as a rallying cry for my side of the argument? I'm not saying that they shouldn't express their views, I'm saying they should put them somewhere vulnerable kids won't find them and possibly cause stuff like this to happen.
really brave of you to put something like that on facebook:)
Lol thanks :) I guess it was considering the amount of crazy retard conspiracy theorists I have on my facebook xD
The problem with your argument is you're trying to censor people from the freedom of speech. It is important to let people say what they say, even if you don't agree with it. If you start shutting up conspiracy theorist, then you begin to tread down a slippery slope. As was said earlier. It is up to the individual to take in the information and make rational conclusions on what the information implies. Taking a preemptive strike on your own life to avoid what may come is not anyone's fault but that person. It is a confusing world we live in, and people kill themselves every day for a variety of reasons. Just recently in Ft. Collins, where I live, a transient man walked up to a slow moving train that goes through town, and crawled under the last car on the tracks in front of many witnesses. Should we outlaw trains because it killed this man? Quite clearly no. The same can be said about all these dooms-dayers. They have the freedom to claim what ever non-sense they want, and many groups pray on vulnerable people. Do what you can to present the other side of the argument, but taking their right to say it isn't going to fix anything, it will merely cause more problems.
Watch the video I posted bro. I'm definitely not suggesting censorship :) I'm suggesting that the people who make this content put warnings and shit on it so it's not available to younger people or sensitive people. I label shit as my opinion if I think that it's a touch subject, see my newest video on the front page of ipower about rape vs regret, very touchy issue xD
That is still censorship. Not allowing certain individuals to view such content because they might not have the filters and common sense to know that these are merely theories and opinions. I would liken this to the War of the Worlds, in which Orson Wells aired a broadcast that was meant to entertain but people heard it out of context and killed themselves. Is it Orson's fault for creating such a convincing broadcast? Or is it the idiots who killed themselves without seeing any direct evidence of such a thing actually occurring? Disclaimers and warnings rarely slow anyone down from viewing these things. In fact, warnings usually peak more interest. You want to be mad at the people creating the conspiracies, but the little girl, as sad as it is, is still at fault for taking her own life, no one else.
That's a bad example lol. That's like saying you shouldn't put filters on porn so that kids can't watch it because that's censorship...
There are other ways than age gates that can stop kids getting to sensitive shit :)
Tbh part of this post was just me expressing my discontent for these idiots that feel the need to spread their lies. This was more of a blog post than anything but I put it in the forum because I wanted the /reply features :)
And I'm not saying there is no blame on the child for her decision, but she was just a child and children need extra protection from the real world sometimes and I feel like the content creators or whatever need to realise that they could have this effect inadvertently. There are too many factors in this case for someone to be blamed outright anyway lol
Btw, that is not censorship because people can still post stuff and it is available to everyone. It's just adding a level of protection for young or sensitive people