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I believe this pretty much defines what is wrong with this country today. And it should be worrisome to us all.


Click the "Pause" button on the illustrations so you can fully understand what they signify.

And I believe it illustrates why our 2A rights are under siege. Because there is no conscious thought behind the arguments against. It's just mindlessness.
 

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For me that is funny because I am a dinosaur in that I do not have a cell phone, not twitter, no Facebook, no Snapchat! But I have been to that Dinner table!
 

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So much truth in that video that is is unreal.

My family ABSOLUTELY HATES me when I host a family get together. I MAKE them put their cell phones into a basket at the start of the get together, and ONLY allow them to see those phones when we are NOT doing family activities, like eating a meal, or other activities. I have complete control over that basket and who accesses it and when they can have access to it. Sorry, you are here to enjoy family, NOT to be on your cell phone. You can do that on your own time, NOT during my family gatherings.

And yes, I DO NOT have a fancy cell phone, nor a Facebook or Twitter account. I have NO time for social media, nor any interest in what so called "celebrities" are eating, doing, or what their flatulence smelled like after their last meal.
 

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Like he says in the video these things are not necessarily bad if used properly. When people text each other when they are sitting right beside each other vs actually talking to each other etc is when there is a problem ! Way too many people are hooked on their phones etc !
 

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I think the video is spot on. Great pronouncement on the deteriorating society of this (potentially) Great Country. Wanna know why kids just shoot up places? They have no social skills. No getting the kids together for a neighborhood game. No one learns how to lose a game anymore. There are no good sports. When I played ball (preteen) the winning team and losing team high fives each other after the game then went and ate burgers together.

When X box first came out which allowed real time online playing with people all over the globe we had to ban X box for 3-4 days at a time because of the language. The kids learned to use a headset but the first time I heard a profanity I turned it off until the next day.

And there have been plenty of programmers who have quit Facebook and Twitter and Google once they realized that the programs they were working on were specifically meant to engineer behavior. So it’s a real threat.
 

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I have an iPhone, iPad, and a PC laptop; but I don't have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat account.
In fact, this TaurusArmed forum is the only social media I have.
Does that make me particular, or peculiar?
 

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And don't let the irony escape you that these are You Tube commentaries we are reading on an Internet forum. I guess the difference is on the individual, how often it's checked.
 
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Oh the irony.

Yesterday morning, just after watching the video in the OP, I here the neighbor Mom say to her 5/6 year old daughter, " you are talking just way too much to me right now". Of course I look out the window and Mom is sitting on the porch step with cigarette between fingers on right hand and both hands holding the cell phone and typing. :(
 

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So the video is saying a few things.
1. People are spending too much time with smartphones and similar devices
2. People are too devoted to their jobs
3. See 1 again

Hmm. I'll grant you, watching an entire table stare at their phones over a restaurant meal is disconcerting. It's still a bit of a stretch to say that's what's wrong with society today. Now, Google manipulation and facebook manipulations are serious problems that need to be solved. But compared to the societal devaluation of human life? No, they aren't as big an issue as that.

And the job criticism. Yeah, that part was not convincing at all. I believe humans are made to work. It's been shown that being out of work for an extended period of time is emotionally, psychologically scarring. I've known a couple of people born to leisure. Sounds great, right? Not from what I've seen. Not by a long shot. We are made to strive, to overcome problems, to work toward goals. We need that. Look at the history of completely idle monarchs; Ottoman Sultans and the like. Complete, bat-feces psychos.

Now, if you define your self-worth by the number of zeros on your paycheck, and it drives you out of your mind if you step out on your front porch and see a neighbor with a more expensive car, don't blame that on your job. That's your own messed up priorities. But "you all work too much, and you're just making money for corporations anyway.." is a deeply vacuous criticism of modern society. You make a lot of money working as an HR manager for GE? Well, GE makes CAT scanners that help detect cancer and guide the treatment. Big corporations are a liberal bogeyman for the idiotic reason that it sounds socialist chic to say that.

All in all, I give that video a D+ or C- as explaining the problems in American society today. The cartoons are pretty pithy, but all in all that video doesn't rate the praise I'm seeing. IMHO.
 
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