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04 Aug 10 Consume, Be Silent and Die: A Valediction Against Lurking

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    Get your point about the fact that you get as much out of the life (or the internet, or work, or marriage, or anything else) as you put into it.
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    It does seem a shame that technology as mind bogglingly sophisticated and advanced as computers and the internet is used by the majority for things which are essentially mundane and banal. A shame but hardly surprising.

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    “Passive internet users are also much more likely to be passive, swinging voters.”

    Thats something I must agree on.
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    I am writing a letter for school that will be sent to a Senator. I always thought that the ending (“sincerely,” “your friend,” etc.) was supposed to be aligned to the right of the page with the name. Another student thought this wasn’t true and I have seen it both ways. What do you think?

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    I like it both ways too ;-)

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    I am writing a letter for school that will be sent to a Senator. I always thought that the ending was supposed to be aligned to the right of the page with the name. Another student thought this wasn’t true and I have seen it both ways. What do you think?

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    I usually interact with friends as well as playing facebook application. Some people might seem out of touch but they could be able to interact with people through their farmville. Even in pet society, people could leave a message to their friends. I am not sure of disadvantage of passive parenting, but if parents wouldn’t want it then they could change it to assertive parenting.
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    Nice :D

    I agree!

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    I hate passive internet users. I believe they are the reason we have crap like online censorship and massive malware problems.

    Nice Post, was a good read :)

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    I agree; they are definitely part of the problem, not part of the solution. Moreover; they are boring as hell!

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    Thanks for the comment and thanks for dropping by! :-)

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    I must be über-passive, have never even clicked a “like” button… Baaaaaaaa. Can an old sheep learn new tricks? The idea of correlation between passive internet use and being passive in other endeavors makes sense. Another consideration is the theory put forth by Erikson on psychosocial development: he states developmental crises arise at different stages in life. It is not until middle adulthood does the challenge to be creative, productive, and nurturant of the next generation generally surface. The majority of avid Internet users have yet to enter this stage. Before the last presidential election (in America) the youth voter turnout was abysmal. Historical voter turnout rates here in the U.S. would seem to verify Erikson’s theory. As the Internet savy population ages, a more assertive use of the Internet may prevail. (we can hope)

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    “As the Internet savy population ages, a more assertive use of the Internet may prevail. (we can hope)” I’m thinking that the opposite may be true. Long term internet usage, with concomitant exposure to spam, scams etc. tends to make users less likely to actively engage with online communities. Your point about voter turnout is well made; in Australia voting is compulsory; this doesn’t ensure active involvement in politics and how our lives are run but doesn’t allow complete disengagement either. I’m thinking that perhaps the stance I took in the post was actually too harsh; passive internet users at least use technology to some purpose. A great many others actively resist technology and want to pretend it is irrelevant. Perhaps we should be thankful for passive users (please ‘like’ this post!) :wink:

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