…Okay but actually I’d like to say that the whole anti-internet anti-texting “technology is isolating us and destroying civilization” attitude is… kinda ableist?
Like. I’m on the autism spectrum, AND I have an anxiety disorder. I’m almost never nonverbal, but text is so much easier for me than talking face-to-face is. It’s so much less stressful, even comparing interactions with friends. You wanna talk about how bonding with other people is essential to being a whole and happy human being? That is absolutely true! You wanna talk about how socializing is important and beautiful? It super is. You know what happens when you take away my internet? More often than not, I become a sad lonely lump in my room. I have never spontaneously transformed into someone who starts conversations with complete strangers on the bus. If forced to limit my interactions with other human beings to spontaneous bus conversations, I would cease to interact with human beings at all and probably go crazy (eh, crazier) and die. And I don’t think you have to be autistic to appreciate what the technological advances and ensuing cultural changes of our generation have done to further interconnectedness and meaningful communication. Lots of people, for lots of reasons, need or benefit from having multiple options when communicating, whether in an academic context, in a casual social context, in a community organizing context, etc. I got out of an abusive home because of the internet. I have friends because of the internet. I have hobbies, in part, because of the internet. I recently sent a huge stuffed animal I made myself, mostly by hand, to a tiny girl I would not have known or cared existed if not for the internet.
I think the people who claim smartphones will be the end of our ability to love and feel are coming from the same place as the people who claim autistics can’t love or feel. In both cases they’re encountering forms of interaction that are not theirs and are not familiar to them, and are concluding that neither interaction nor communication actually exist. These are people who look at technology developed specifically for communication, which has practically no other applications, and say it prevents communication or can’t actually be used to communicate, which is just. Mind boggling.
Also fuck anyone who says ebooks are not real books. THE POINT OF BOOKS IS WORDS THAT YOU READ TO MAKE THE PICTURES/THOUGHTS/FEELINGS IN YOUR HEAD. IF THE POINT OF BOOKS WAS PAPER YOU WOULD JUST STUFF YOUR BOOKSHELVES WITH BLANK NOTEBOOKS. THIS IS COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD A KINDLE AND LIKES THE TACTILE SENSATION OF HOLDING A NICE HARDCOVER WITH THAT OLD PAPER SMELL, OKAY? GET. OVER. YOURSELVES.
The past generations treat us the way they do because they prefer to view us in the simplest terms, the most convenient definitions. It is faster to call us stupid than wonder why we don’t act and think like them. It easier to call us entitled than to examine their own behavior. They call us lazy and blame selfies instead of considering us complex human beings who evolve with society and adapt to the rapidly changing technology around us. There are problems with this generation, of course, but there are problems with every generation, and the past generations consider language change, technological development, evolution of political views, and so many other changes problems when they aren’t necessarily problems, just different. This generation acts differently than their generation because we live in an entirely different world with globalization, the War on Terror (for the US), increased and continuous contact with other human beings through technology, changes in education–changes in everything around us happening, and all of it happening exponentially quickly. No matter how much, how often, or how well we prove that emoticons add to language, selfies aren’t new or harmful (see: portraits), US college tuition can’t be paid through lawn mowing anymore, the US economy is affected by baby boomers not retiring, and the million other things we try to convince the past generations of every day, it never really works because the past generations have stopped changing and evolving with the world around them. They refuse to accept anything beyond the simplest and most convenient definitions, and those require us to be seen as problems or disappointments rather than humans who are (really, quite simply,) different than them.
#THISGENERATION STANDS FOR LGBTQA RIGHTS
#THISGENERATION STANDS FOR BLACK POWER
#THISGENERATION BELIEVES IN EQUAL REPRESENTATION
#THISGENERATION SAYS “FUCK YOU” TO RACISM
#THISGENERATION IS TRYING TO REPAIR ALL THE FUCKING PROBLEMS #LASTGENERATION LEFT US WITH
By the way, I have no idea who the fuck Ajit Johnson thinks he is, but this just sheer stupidity and bias. Look at the two first pictures. This is my boyfriend. He is kind, sweet, and loving, and I love him very much. Unfortunately, we happen to live in two separate countries, on two separate continents. This really sucks sometimes, but things like Couple and Skype make it a lot easier. I don’t need to send a letter or postcard to tell my boyfriend how much I love him, and I also don’t need to call him on the phone (which would cost a lot of money, too.)
Apparently, our relationship is somehow invalid to Ajit Johnson. Illegitimate. Immature. Just because we use technology (which is FREE and CONVENIENT to both of us) to communicate. Um, I’m just gonna call bullshit on that entire notion, because being in an LDR does not make your relationship less valid. Using Skype and other related applications to communicate with your S.O does not make your relationship less valid. I am not a dense, uninformed, “stupid” “millennial” because I happened to meet the love of my life online instead of in person. Fuck you, Ajit Johnson, because that one hit too close to home.
TL;DR: Ajit Johnson needs to STFU about internet LDR’s because they are very real and valid
these snappy pieces about how young people these days are “addicted” to technology baffle me
I graduated college and I have been trying to find a job for months now, and all applications are online. Every single one of them. And every potential employer expects you’re free on the phone 24/7. These are not our peers and friends. these are people of older generations, overwhelmingly.
Our schools by in large now demand use of technology. My high-school-age sister doesn’t print her assignments anymore. She shares them with her teachers as a document in cloud storage. It saves paper, time, and money and individual expense on behalf of the student and teacher both– essential in our education situation where poorly-paid teachers pay out of their own pocket for student supplies, and low-income students struggle to keep up. At least that’s how it is in the USA, even in a really great school district like I’m lucky to live in. My sister is expected to type all her assignments, anyway– so access to at least a computer is assumed mandatory to begin with.
This poster series, especially this
they’re ridiculous. In order for many people– including youth and young adults– to have access to running water, they have to work or have access to a household that works. And they can neither work nor look for work nor be in school without having an internet connection, because the very same people who gripe about #thisgeneration demand they need it.
SINCE JANUARY FIRST 2015 TO TODAY, DECEMBER 28TH 2015 I HAVE DOCUMENTED EVERY DINGLE FUCKIGN MEME THAT WAS WIDESPREAD ON THIS GOD FORESAKEN WEBSITE, and yes I may not have been all scientific about it like some other people, but guess what this was a years worth of work and if this doesnt get some notes i ‘m going to scream
so, the memes of 2015, in a sort of chronological order but not for all of them:
year of neon genisis evangelion
Actually the entire brady bunch movie
reverse rick rolling
Miyazaki talking shit bout stuff (which tbh tho otaku culture is really messing up japan as a whole so this is sort of a serious thing idk man)
FUCKIGN LEFT SHARK
captain america civil war
i’m a jaded teenage girl. i’ve been through shit that you wouldn’t even dream of. you think life is hardd? try asking the cutest guy in the grade out in the middle of the cafeteria only to find out he had a fucking girlfriend.
Innapropiate audition songs
kAKASHI FROM ACCOUNTING CLASS (STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS AN ACTUAL MEME HOLY SHIT)
Dick cheney made money off the Iraq war
idk if this counts but the gold and white/black and blue dress seems to be getting big UPDATE: THIS MEME FUCKING GOT OFF THE INTERNET AND INTO MY FUCKING SCHOOL IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS. THE ENTIRE SCHOOL WAS TALKING ABOUT IT. WE HAD AN IN CLASS DISCUSSION ABOUT IT WITH TEACHERS INVOLVED. AT THE END OF THE TALENT SHOW TODAY THEY HAD A PHOTO OF THE DRESS WITH THE WORDS “Thank you for coming!” ON IT. I’M SO FUCKING MAD
if you’re reading this it’s too late
WALUIGI = HALLEJUAH
*looks at smudged writing on hand*
Hoe don’t do it… Oh my god
Uptown funk counts as a meme
The thing with all the emojis and send this to ten people
FUCKING COPPY I HATE THAT BITCH FUCK U @STAFF UF UCKING RUIN EVERYTHING
jet fuel can’t melt steel beams
Taking the text from like a TV show title and editing it to say new shit. I don’t even know if this meme has a name.
garnet, amethyst, and (thing that isn’t pearl)
Russia made memes illegal (I am gay gay gay I like long big cocks)
Paul Blart Mall Cop
*opens buzzfeed* … *closes buzzfeed*
sonic for real justice DOWN WITH MOD AMY. JUSTICE FOR MOD SILVER
barber: what you want –> barber: say no more
take me to snurch (snail church)
snake people, or sneople (two seperate memes)
She called me ugly I said “bitch swhere” she said “Under all that makeup” i said “bITCH SWHERE????!!!”
“HEY SPLASH! YOU FEEL GUUUDD I feel fucking hot. PISS MY POINT AND I STRIGN TOT THE RAP WHEN I WIN I WIWDOW IWNIODANAFLASGAIGHASDFGAH”
mcfreakin lose it
down with cis
just gals being pals
where you live you’re first language what you call this [then an image]
you’re a kid you’re a squid
knife sharpening truck
me: 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my selｆ 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right thereright there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠＯOOＯOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit
cheeky nandos with the lads
anti coleslaw (coleslaw is great but everyone hates it apparently)
JUST DO IT DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS STAY DREAMS. YESTERDYA, YOU SAID TOMMOROW
like is there a college aged woman who thinks quasadillas are a mystery?
cute gender neuteral terms for your partner
the author of the journals… my brother
siri what’s 0 divided by 0
the jurrassic world scene with chriss pratt being ike “k stay back” to the dinosaurs
WHAT ARE THOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE
The gif with rihanna flipping her hand and wiking
minion hate (srsly tho they’re everywhere and i hate it)
BUSH DID 9/11
if there were two guys on the moon and one killed the other with a rock would that be fucked up or what
me, shoving breadsticks into purse: sorry i have to leave right now immediately