Technology Makes People Dumber

I’ve seen this brought up a few places the past day or two and finally just saw it as a friends facebook post.

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What makes people think that posting something on facebook has any legal precedence? I’m no lawyer, but posting something on facebook has as much legal precedence as does writing a post-it note for your spouse and calling it a contract for them to do whatever you wrote.
These things come up all the time on facebook, it seems like every other month at least. What’s surprising to me is that the person I got this from(the first person I saw post it from my friends list) is actually a law student!
To make the whole situation even more comical the UN wants to take control of the internet. Do people really think that doing a copy & paste of some chain letter is going to stop anything they post from being usable as evidence should it be pertinent? Do you really think an international body that has determined what should and shouldn’t pass as legitimate gives one hoot about your preference for your privacy? Do they even honestly think facebook itself would stand by that preference if asked to turn over all the information on said person?
You have free speech, but can’t shout FIRE! in a movie theater. You can own a gun, but you can shoot people at a whim. Laws are laws but they have applications. Things you say on facebook are public domain. Fessing up to a murder on facebook doesn’t exonerate you simply because it was only intended for your friends to hear. Part of the Miranda rights state “Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law”, that of course refers to what you say while in the custody of the law but it also applies to anything you say in general whether you’re saying it to your friends or just talking to yourself in public.
This brings up something that I wanted to write as a separate post in the future. That people who think the internet and all it’s applications have made people smarter are wrong.
It has not made anyone smarter, it has merely made them have instant access to information they didn’t have before. However not all information is created equal and just cause you can find it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. The internet does not make people smarter, it allows them to wallow in their ignorance and stupidity more than ever before their justifications are just a fingers reach away. As such it allows people who should have at least average intelligence, to post things on facebook and expect them to be right.
I’m not expecting anyone to bother researching the law as listed in that post, but I would at least think they might bother with the common sense aspect. Television hasn’t made anyone smarter, and neither has the internet, because neither pushes humans to explore things when they can sit comfortably on their couch and simply assume that everything is right because that’s what they read.

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Posted on November 27, 2012, in Problems to Ponder, The Life of Man and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Obvious they didn’t study Law.

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