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#1 alwaysonacoffebreak

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 10:58

stupidity sells. I used to hear one sentence a lot, sex sells, I think that's not the case anymore.

 

Since the year is coming to an end Youtube is filled with long videos with fails and much more. Sure who of us hasn't done something stupid in our lives at one point or another but looking at some of those videos I can't do much more than scratch my head or to think "how stupid to you have to be..."

 

Fails, sure but the people filming it and actually laughing their ass off instead of checking if their "friend" is fine - sorry but I don't actually find that very "smart". Sure, me and my friends have had such situations as well but firstly we checked if we were fine and then laughed about it together.

 

Times change, people change but imho for the worse each year.

 

Any thoughts on this? Or maybe I'm just too critical about it?




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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:07

Stupidity has long been a basis for humor. We now supply the tools so that people can easily record and advertise such things, getting other people to comment or copy. I'm not convinced that you're being too critical of the behavior itself, but I'm also not convinced that this sort of thing is new rather than more accessible.

#3 OP alwaysonacoffebreak

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:09

Sure it's not something new. Like I said, we've all done something stupid at one point but instead of laughing our ass off at someone who "fails" at least over here we checked first if they were fine and then all laughed. But half of the videos you see now is just the "camera guy" rolling on the floor while someone, say, breaks their neck.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:10

I agree that stupidity sells and there's a certain glorification of ignorance going on there.

 

Dumb people are easier to govern.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:10

 

 

Times change, people change but imho for the worse each year.

 

 

 

I agree with your statement about the amount of stupidity on you tube. But I feel that it shows a change that if it is the real cause behind the amount of these videos is an even bigger indictment if society. People like this have always been around and in the kind of numbers we see on you tube. They just have an outlet show the stupidity and nastiness that reaches much further now.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:10

I agree that stupidity sells and there's a certain glorification of ignorance going on there.

 

Dumb people are easier to govern.

And sell stuff to....



#7 He's Dead Jim

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:12

The youtube fails popularity contests just proves that we like to laugh at ourselves, and simple humour is the most effective,

 

in saying that, I hate sk8 vids where some kid gets an obvious broken limb...



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:21

"If you fall over, a friend will pick you up. A best friend will pick you up, once they've finished laughing."

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:22

^

 

This is exactly the mentality I can not understand.

 

Guess it's some new age parenting techniques huh? I started hearing that a couple of years ago so I have no idea how long it goes back tho.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:28

People are different. A lot of people enjoy messing around, filming fails and having a good laugh with their mates about it.

 

What you've got to remember is it's still a tiny, tiny percentage of the population of the world who are doing this. So just relax and get n with your life.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:28

"If you fall over, a friend will pick you up. A best friend will pick you up, once they've finished laughing."

 

Brilliant quote, and spot on!



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:31

People are different. A lot of people enjoy messing around, filming fails and having a good laugh with their mates about it.

 

What you've got to remember is it's still a tiny, tiny percentage of the population of the world who are doing this. So just relax and get n with your life.

 

Oh, I am relaxed. Couple of beers in and just thought I'll lay some of my thoughts here. ;)

 

We just have different opinions on this I guess, nothing else.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:32

Stupidity has run a muck in the USA, and getting worse by the day!

 

I mean, just look at this story on the front page. It was right under the link to this topic.

 

http://www.neowin.ne...#entry596184597

 

 

We all know you can't fix stupidity, so we're in serious trouble!



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:34

Oh, I am relaxed. Couple of beers in and just thought I'll lay some of my thoughts here. ;)

 

We just have different opinions on this I guess, nothing else.

 

Ah yeah, the 'Relax' wasn't aimed at you (in case you thought it was) it was aimed more at the human race if you get what i mean?

 

Also, yep, we have different opinions and i wouldn;t have it any other way, that's the true basis of humanity :)

 

Stupidity has run a muck in the USA, world and getting worse by the day!

 

Corrected that for you. Not sure why you'd single out the US.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:36

I'd say the same, it's nowhere near just the US.