3 Solid Hypotheticals

Thought these might spark an interesting thread:
1.) If you could go back and erase an invention from history what would it be?
2.) If you could bring back any canceled TV series, which TV show would you choose to bring back?
3.) What would you do if you were suddenly given world-class hacking knowledge and ability?

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Feb 25, 2020

1) Social media - I know that social media was the result of a combination of things that evolved (widespread internet access, things like forums, blogs, and AIM chat growing and spawning) but if I could erase the invention and make sure it never came about I would in a heartbeat. Social media has increased people's addiction to their phones/computers, it dumbs down debate to the lowest common denominator, encourages and rewards knee-jerk reactions, gives politicians an incentive to do and say things that pander to the masses rather than do what is unpopular but necessary, it decreases valuable human interaction (you can interact with people from across the world all you want online; once you meet them in person for a coffee it'll be awkward because face-to-face interaction is so different), and makes people bullies. For all of the good that social media could have done, and in some ways has done, the scale is tipping the wrong way. And I'm not saying that life was always peachy before social media or that these same bad habits didn't exist already, but social media has exacerbated it. I think the personal growth and development of the current young generation, and even millennials, is being seriously harmed by the rampant use of social media.

2) Eli Stone - Jonny Lee Miller did a good job in it and the storyline was getting interesting, but it was canceled before any resolution was had.

3) See point 1) above...block all social media access.

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Feb 25, 2020

Facebook is the new cigarettes. Good call

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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Feb 25, 2020
Malta Monkey:

Facebook is the new cigarettes. Good call

Except it doesn't kill you; it kills democracy.

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Mar 18, 2020

Facebook is McDonalds.

5:52

"its all McDonalds ... McDonalds of the soullllllll"

lol

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Feb 25, 2020

i would consider WSO to be social media

Mar 18, 2020

Not saying the OP doesn't know this but I always think it's ironic that people call for abolishing social media on social media.

Mar 16, 2020

100% with you there. Despite being 25, I deliberately don't keep an Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok. Just have a Facebook I use for the rare event and a Snapchat, which I also use fairly infrequently.

Even so, my social media minutes per day is probably close to 10min. Not terrible, but I'd love to get that down to 5min and as I enter my 30s (long way off), get that to 0min.

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Mar 18, 2020
hedgehog9:

Even so, my social media minutes per day is probably close to 10min. Not terrible, but I'd love to get that down to 5min and as I enter my 30s (long way off), get that to 0min.

Burrowing deep underground like a true hedgehog. Nice.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Feb 25, 2020

2) LAW & ORDER

Original show too with Jack McCoy, Lenny Briscoe etc. Not that soft SUV stuff

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Feb 25, 2020
  1. I'll be an edgelord and say organized religion. Few things are responsible for more atrocities and unnecessary deaths throughout history.
  2. I honestly can't think of one. I wish Dexter, Nip/Tuck, and Game of Thrones had better endings though. Each started with tremendous promise only to blow it (albeit at different times in their run.)
  3. I agree with @TheIronLady in part. I'd turn off social media until after the election. Party for the hilarity, but also to remove the main route for foreign interference and the spread of disinformation.
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Feb 26, 2020

Civilization would never have existed without organized religion. I am an atheist btw.

Array

Mar 16, 2020

You're not edgy, you are plain wrong. It is Man who is a monster, religion is at worst a weak set of chains and at best it gives this monster wings, a higher purpose. And now, without God, there is nothing to stop nihilism from consuming you, Nietzsche knew that all too well.

Omnia facit Voluntas - Will alone succeeds

Feb 25, 2020

1) The pill

2) The Critic

3) Find out if the Rothschilds really rule the world

Feb 25, 2020

1a. credit cards (wanted to say social media but guy took it); most people who use it don't have any idea how it works.
1b. the ability to advertise stuff. too many people see shiny shit and just want to buy it.
2. True life on MTV (the original docu-series they made it/ not want it is now where its sudo-true)
3. hack the US government, see what/if they are hiding anything

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Feb 25, 2020

1) Artificial intelligence; eventually this will be humanity's downfall, particularly compared to social media which is just more efficient communication between humans

2) "Free to Choose" by Milton Friedman, @Milton Friedchickenman; logic and reasonable discourse between opposing viewpoints that we sorely need in today's environment

3) Pull an Aaron Swartz and release all university knowledge to the public

Feb 25, 2020

I'm glad you mentioned me . But whats wrong with AI? I mean I work in that space.

Finance Data Science

Feb 25, 2020

It's either going to be the greatest invention in history that will unlock the universe for our consciousness, or be straight up the end of all mankind. Potentially both at the same time?

Feb 25, 2020

3.) Child PORRRNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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Feb 27, 2020

some of you guys have never partied with Epstein and it really shows.

Feb 25, 2020

Has nobody seen "The Critic" it's 2 seasons, it's John Lovitz, it's the bets show cancelled after 2 seasons.

Feb 26, 2020

2) Definitely bring back How To Make It In America on HBO. Cancelled after 2 seasons for some reason

Feb 26, 2020

100000000% Agree! I loved that show!

Feb 26, 2020
  1. Government Entitlements - Social Security, Medicare, Pensions -
    No one ever thought what if people live longer.
  2. Playmakers - ESPN went a little off brand to do a NFL show with the star RB doing Crack at halftime, a gay WR, a steriod pumping FB. This could have been great, but the NFL got it cut quick. What Ballers could have been.
  3. Stop all the other hackers, you get 1 password for everything. I spend more time reseting and adding [email protected] to my passwords than I can count.

"Capitalism: God's way of determining who is smart and who is poor." Ron Swanson

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Feb 26, 2020
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