Stating The Obvious 0405 – Freedom. Speech. Problems. Advertising. Profit. Generations. Philosophy. Decline.
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I’m pretty proud of this episode. Not gonna lie.
I explain to you:
- Why there ain’t no freedom of speech on social media.
- Why there ain’t no freedom of speech in the real world.
- Why I’m not giving money to your fucking patron account.
- Why 1st World Problems are both wonderful and the cause of the decline of Western Civilization.
- Shotgun advertising versus targeted advertising.
- Acquiring a basic understanding of philosophy.
- Generation Z. Not the saviours of Western Civilization.
Why, did you hear!!?? This “Gen Z” is the most conservative generation since the WWII generation! They don’t have tattoos and they don’t like abortion! They don’t even like sex! By gum! We’re going to see those glorious Eisenhower-Leave It to Beaver-Nuclear Family days again! And look! Here! Here’s a study! A STUDY!!! See that! It says Gen Z is conservative so it must be true!
And so, it seems high time for the Ole Captain to dust off the “Bat of Reality” and start beating people over the head with it.
First, realize it was just ONE STUDY. And we all know just how reliable studies are. Be it the fact 2/3rds of psychological studies were not able to be repeated, or the more recent exposure that even scientific studies can’t be repeated, one study does not mean every conservative should pin their hopes in a generation of children overly-optimistically just as they have Donald Trump. It’s just one study, it doesn’t mean anything, and as it just so happens, it’s a study done on Gen Z while they’re still kids.
This leads to the second point why Gen Z will not save you. They’re kids.
If aliens found us so beneath them that they wouldn’t even trade with us then they would most likely treat us the same way we treat dolphins and at worst only dissect a few hundred people. Can a dolphin split the atom? Has a dolphin ever landed on the moon? No, nevertheless we treat them as sentient beings and usually leave them the fuck alone, some states have even gone as far as to declare dolphins ‘non-human animals’ which means that they acknowledge the potential of the dolphin to reach the same heights as we do. I’d expect an alien civilization advanced enough to reach Earth to treat us with the same respect we show dolphins.
The first mistake in theorizing about aliens is attributing human emotions, reasoning and responses to aliens.
Sure they might be all touchy-feely. Or they might not.
Certainly I leave dolphins alone, but mostly because there are no dolphins in Colorado. Flies and mice I exterminate at will.