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Deadwaste

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yes
now im boomer now
get off my lawn kids you and your fortnites i just wanna watch early 2000s nickelodeon shows
 

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You've hit upon the secret. I grew up in the 80s and I think the 80s were awesome. 2000s not so much.

What happens is that you grow up and then your idyllic carefree childhood ends. And then you turn into a grumpy adult who hates the world.
Once the last years of high school pass and you enter adulthood, it's where shit gets rough assuming one had a normal childhood or at least enjoyed what it had to offer. Once we become adults or at least more aware of society and the world, we start to see the gloom of it all. Even if we went back to the previous decade, we can't get that carefree idyllic magic our childhoods came with it.

YEEEEEESSSSSSSS I wanna go back to mocking idiot conservatives instead of idiot leftists. Every day I find myself coming closer to agreeing with Tracer Tong from Deus Ex
We gotta infiltrate and blow up Area 51 so the internet controlled by the Illuminati can be free once more. To hell with any of the alien anime catgirls there.
 
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One thing I honestly miss is the cell phones of the mid-2000s, before the iPhone came out. "DUMB" phones were ubiquitous and extremely useful tools of communication, but they didn't take over your life. The different form factors allowed designers to actually be creative in a way that isn't possible now. There was enough variety that you could almost choose a phone that expressed something about who you were, in a similar way that cars do. You could hang out with your friends and go do things and not be surrounded by social media exceptionalism. It was peak civilization imo








I used to have that last one (Nokia N81). It was sick - the slide mechanism was tight and solid feeling, and it came with a micro SD slot, 3.5mm jack, and great sounding stereo speakers on either side of the exterior.
 
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BrainProlapse

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Compared to today the 2000s felt more genuine if thats the right word. Now everything feels copy-paste. I'm struggling to put it to words hopefully it makes sense.

I'm not sure I miss the 2000s so much as I miss a time before social media was ubiquitous and trannies were just fetishist freaks on the fringe. Back then I was looking forward to where we'd be in another 10 years, now I feel only dread.
 

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Compared to today the 2000s felt more genuine if thats the right word. Now everything feels copy-paste. I'm struggling to put it to words hopefully it makes sense.

I'm not sure I miss the 2000s so much as I miss a time before social media was ubiquitous and trannies were just fetishist freaks on the fringe. Back then I was looking forward to where we'd be in another 10 years, now I feel only dread.
I think that's the issue for a lot of people.

We're neck deep in the digital age now and everything feels so disconnected, so vapid.
 
I'd argue that it was a better decade than 2010 but to be honest I'd split it, anything up to 2005 was ok, post 2007 the rot had started to set in. This is all from personal reflection so take with a grain of salt.

Point in case, the ass end of the 90s was fun, most people didn't have computers or internet and if you were smart or willing to learn you could interact with people only via things like BBS or some of the very primitive web browsers, (You used to be able to get an internet yellow pages, no joke.) Netscape was a god send, and around 97/98 is when things started to take off with faster modems 56k and more people getting PC's.

You also had access to a lot of stuff via piracy, that used to have to be manually traded like older computer games, and dare I say it the very primitive exchanges and hiding on the family computer of porn, or in my case the discovery of my older brothers folder. And then the P2P explosion with Kazaa, Napster, and I can't remember the other multitudes.

That said it was a happier time, the internet wasn't this over powerful thing that took up a majority of ones time, you had internet time mandated usually by phone usage and so connectivity 24/7 wasn't guaranteed. It was also at least for me a better time in regards to television.

The saying lesser choices makes a happier person was as true then as it was now, 3 channels which you knew what you wanted to watch made infinitely better viewing than the satellite TV upgrades that followed, it was around 2002 that conventional 90's TV started to die off and be replaced by reality TV shows, once 24/7 multi-channel TV became the norm this only brought in the decline on network television programming quality.

TLC used to actually be about documentaries and learning, history used to be about semi-decent war documentaries, etc.

By 2006 you started getting the introduction of rap style music into pop music, which was already flaccid at this point because of diminishing returns from shit like American Idol, everything was just generic from that point and got more generic. TV basically became generic too, for everyone one good TV show it would inspire clunky clones, like the original CSI and then hit a point where it just became boring because like House could only cure so many cases of Lupus, you could only murder someone so many ways.

By 2008 every asshole seemed to have an internet connection and Facebook was in its infancy and fun because it replaced a lot of the trepidation out of online social interactions. The info was actually genuinely useful too, like looking if people were dating beforehand, etc. You could use it successfully as your wingman in some cases.

That was also the time that I had started studying, and I was fortunate in the fact that my university wasn't overtly liberal but had a decent mix. That said my favorite instructors were both seniors faculty at the school and they'd lecture the class over things that were going to be incoming, I still remember the English professor openly speaking about the changes to academia which meant that speech laws were going to get restrictive. We all thought it was mad at the time, though privately I held her in high esteem and my biology teacher as well, because he didn't mince words either when it came to things like biology and race.

This was of course back when gay rights and gay marriage were still crusader issues and so trannies weren't on the horizon. If they passed, nobody said anything because no one cared, if they were a man in a dress it would invite derision, but honestly never once encountered a tranny or a furry who was brave enough to be open with that shit in public.

By 2010 twitter had been a new creation, and since I'd already grown disillusioned with the brigading that had started appearing on Facebook, where people weren't posting honest opinions anymore because anything right of centre was called out, by people who wouldn't have the balls to mention it to you IRL or people were just sharing the same old shit over and over again. No one was posting anything original either. At that point I kind of gave up on any meaningful social media interactions, something had changed and now it was more a source of negativity than enjoyment.

Smartphones were already a thing, and were going to become more of a thing as people converted over. I'd lived like a savage for two years without any cell phone or house phone. (Best two years of my life.) So it was a culture shock when suddenly everyone had one, and of course the better they got meant more access, more social media, more shit.

It's been downhill from there on in, I honestly believe that.
 

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We all thought it was mad at the time, though privately I held her in high esteem and my biology teacher as well, because he didn't mince words either when it came to things like biology and race.
What exactly did he say? I'm curious.

Also, I miss not having a phone and phones being a thing rich highschoolers primarily had.
 
What exactly did he say? I'm curious.

Also, I miss not having a phone and phones being a thing rich highschoolers primarily had.
He was willing in private to talk about subjects like the IQ bell curve, African development problems, and in his mind why he thought Mugabe and South Africa's moves against Boers would eventually lead to the downfalls of those societies, and also how most African development was wrong because the premise should have been population control and economic development, rather than the aid system currently in use that is subject to massive abuses.
He was pretty based.
 
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That said it was a happier time, the internet wasn't this over powerful thing that took up a majority of ones time, you had internet time mandated usually by phone usage and so connectivity 24/7 wasn't guaranteed. It was also at least for me a better time in regards to television.
You know I think you really hit on something here. I think internet access an thus constant access to social media and the news is what makes our current time suck so much. When the internet was confined to one room of your house it created this separation between your online identity and real life identity that made the internet feel more like this fun abstract space and that no longer exists. Now the internet is serious business and people literally kill themselves over getting bullied on Twitter because mean words online carry just as much weight as mean words in real life. The internet itself is not the problem, but the pervasiveness of it is. People just can't handle 24/7 access.
 
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You know I think you really hit on something here. I think internet access an thus constant access to social media and the news is what makes our current time suck so much. When the internet was confined to one room of your house it created this separation between your online identity and real life identity that made the internet feel more like this fun abstract space and that no longer exists. Now the internet is serious business and people literally kill themselves over getting bullied on Twitter because mean words online carry just as much weight as mean words in real life. The internet itself is not the problem, but the pervasiveness of it is. People just can't handle 24/7 access.
The pervasiveness and addictive nature of social media is a recipe for disaster (sounds cheesy I know). I see parents give children or even babies smart devices to shut them up, when out somewhere like a restaurant. Imagine the mental and emotional damage upcoming generations will have to deal with, because of shit like this. Wouldn't be surprising if newborn babies started getting social media accounts made for them, like a modern day birth cert.
 

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The pervasiveness and addictive nature of social media is a recipe for disaster (sounds cheesy I know). I see parents give children or even babies smart devices to shut them up, when out somewhere like a restaurant. Imagine the mental and emotional damage upcoming generations will have to deal with, because of shit like this. Wouldn't be surprising if newborn babies started getting social media accounts made for them, like a modern day birth cert.

My wife and I kicked the habit and deleted our social media accounts pretty early in our relationship, around 2011 or so. It's pretty weird not being on it when everyone around you is. It's like being the one guy at a party who isn't drinking. People introduce you as the guy who doesn't have Facebook like you're the designated driver.
 

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Now the internet is serious business and people literally kill themselves over getting bullied on Twitter because mean words online carry just as much weight as mean words in real life. The internet itself is not the problem, but the pervasiveness of it is. People just can't handle 24/7 access.
Disagree. It's because parents aren't good like in the 1920s anymore. Parents themselves are too permissive. The internet in general shouldn't be used by youth until the late teens. You actually gotta have traditional social skills to use it properly despite the common blame that its only a world of awkward introverts.

The minimum punishment when a child misbehaved before the 1960s was a slap in the face. An actual full front slap. It was the very bar minimum traditionally for corporal punishment. I think the mid line was a switch on the butt.
 

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He was willing in private to talk about subjects like the IQ bell curve, African development problems, and in his mind why he thought Mugabe and South Africa's moves against Boers would eventually lead to the downfalls of those societies, and also how most African development was wrong because the premise should have been population control and economic development, rather than the aid system currently in use that is subject to massive abuses.
He was pretty based.
My Biology teacher outright told us all that gays are nature's mistakes; crossed wires in their heads, but that it's okay they arent hurting anyone. She also said that transexuals are just sexual deviants who made their fetish into their personality and that it's an extraordinarily unhealthy mentality. This was well before the troon uprising too.

Looking back she was pretty cool, hope she's doing well.
 

God of Nothing

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He was willing in private to talk about subjects like the IQ bell curve, African development problems, and in his mind why he thought Mugabe and South Africa's moves against Boers would eventually lead to the downfalls of those societies, and also how most African development was wrong because the premise should have been population control and economic development, rather than the aid system currently in use that is subject to massive abuses.
He was pretty based.
My Biology teacher outright told us all that gays are nature's mistakes; crossed wires in their heads, but that it's okay they arent hurting anyone. She also said that transexuals are just sexual deviants who made their fetish into their personality and that it's an extraordinarily unhealthy mentality. This was well before the troon uprising too.

Looking back she was pretty cool, hope she's doing well.
Damn, I never knew bio teachers could be like that. My experience with them was mostly uppity nerd shits. Also, that the more genetically diverse you are the longer your life would be or something like that.
 

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The 2010's were an attempt to remedy the social ills of the 2000's that failed utterly and ended up being many times worse.

I miss them because I grew up in them, so it makes them harder to judge, but at the very least I miss the times when we didn't hate each other, and someone could think that you were wrong with out also thinking you were evil, and trying to destroy your life.

It's possible that the cultural and political paradigm might shift back towards that, but I give it an even shot at best. You look at examples in history and there are cycles of unity/disunity and as crappy as it feels to live in a divided 2019, people forget that the 60's and 70's saw actual political violence in the United States, with bombings and paramilitary groups. We're not there yet, no matter how many Antifa dickwads start swinging blunt objects. Unfortunately it could mean it'll get worse before it gets better.
 

MAPK phosphatase

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My wife and I kicked the habit and deleted our social media accounts pretty early in our relationship, around 2011 or so. It's pretty weird not being on it when everyone around you is. It's like being the one guy at a party who isn't drinking. People introduce you as the guy who doesn't have Facebook like you're the designated driver.
I'm the guy who doesn't have social media, doesn't drink, and actively avoids having any pictures taken. People introduce me like you introduce a cryptid. "Anyway, here's MAPK, the ape creature from the wilds of Canada we occasionally come into contact with. No pictures please."
 
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