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[share]Did The Internet Kill Boredom?


source: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/04/did-the-internet-kill-boredom.html

by Zoë Pollock

Clay Shirky wonders:

I remember, as a child, being bored. I grew up in a particularly boring place and so I was bored pretty frequently. But when the Internet came along it was like, “That’s it for being bored! Thank God! You’re awake at four in the morning? So are thousands of other people!” It was only later that I realized the value of being bored was actually pretty high.

Being bored is a kind of diagnostic for the gap between what you might be interested in and your current environment. But now it is an act of significant discipline to say, “I’m going to stare out the window. I’m going to schedule some time to stare out the window.”

Nicholas Carr nods:

The pain of boredom is a spur to action, but because it’s pain we’re happy to avoid it. Gadgetry means never having to feel that pain, or that spur. The web expands to fill all boredom. That’s dangerous for everyone, but particularly so for kids, who, without boredom’s spur, may never discover what in themselves or in their surroundings is most deeply engaging to them.

乔布斯


乔布斯死后的大受追捧跟MJ身亡后的待遇大概差不了太多。这个很难评论。Stay hungry, stay foolish这句话我也还没搞懂。
倒是这条将近两个月前乔布斯的旧闻挺有意思。http://www.mpfinance.com/htm/Finance/20110826/ad/ad_gba2.htm

当中提到乔布斯不爱做市场调查,iphone, ipad却大受欢迎。乔布斯对此的解释是“知道自己想要什麼並非消費者的工作。”
这个或许就是消费主义的实质?

[reprint]15 styles of Distorted Thinking


http://www.surrenderworks.com/library/imports/distortedthinking.html

  • Filtering: You take the negative details and magnify them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation.
  • Polarized Thinking: Things are black or white, good or bad. You have to be perfect or you’re a failure. There is no middle ground.
  • Overgeneralization: You come to a general conclusion based on a single incident or piece of evidence. If something bad happens once you expect it to happen over and over again.
  • Mind Reading:  Without their saying so, you know what people are feeling and why they act the way they do. In particular, you are able to divine how people are feeling toward you.
  • Castastrophizing: You expect disaster. you notice or hear about a problem and start “what if’s”. What if tragedy strikes? What if it happens to you?”
  • Personalization: Thinking that everything people do or say is some kind of reaction to you. You also compare yourself to others, trying to determine who’s smarter, better looking, etc.
  • Control Fallacies: If you feel externally controlled, you see yourself as helpless, a victim of fate. The fallacy of internal control has you responsible for the pain and happiness of everyone around you.
  • Fallacy of Fairness: You feel resentful because you think you know what’s fair but other people won’t agree with you.
  • Blaming: You hold other people responsible for your pain, or take the other tack and blame yourself for every problem or reversal.
  • Should: You have a list of ironclad rules about how you and other people should act. People who break the rules anger you and you feel guilty if you violate the rules.
  • Emotional Reasoning: You believe that what you feel must be true-automatically. If you feel stupid and boring, then you must be stupid and boring.
  • Fallacy of Change: You expect that other people will change to suit you if you just pressure or cajole them enough. You need to change people because your hope for happiness seem to depend entirely on them.
  • Global Labeling: You generalize one or two qualities into a negative global judgment.
  • Being Right: You are continually on trial to prove that your opinions and actions are correct. Being wrong is unthinkable and you will go to any length to demonstrate your rightness.
  • Heaven’s Reward Fallacy: You expect all your sacrifice and self-denial to pay off, as if there were someone keeping score. You feel better when the reward doesn’t come

funny excerpt: 犬儒主义的卑微与无奈


来源:http://star.news.sohu.com/s2009/chunge/

春哥教实际是犬儒主义

现代犬儒主义的一个基本特征是,不相信还有什么办法能够改变这个它所“不相信”的这个世界,对这个世界抱有一种不认同的接受与一种不反抗的清醒。春哥教便 是如此,它反抗的唯一方式就是利用毫不相干的方式表达毫不相干的主题。春哥与四六级没有关系,与拆迁也没有关系,春哥只和人们的生活态度有关系。既然这个 世界这么荒谬,那我只有以荒谬对待荒谬,以玩笑对待玩笑。

理想屡屡碰壁之后变成的犬儒

一个理想主义者很容易在屡屡碰壁之后变成犬儒,这就是春哥教教友的形成过程。这一代年轻人赶上了中国最好的时候:考大学要考政治,大学里什么也学不到,工 作又难找,薪水又低廉,房价高耸如云,媒体上看不到真相,生活没有奔头,理想完全破灭。唯一可以庆幸的是,可以像蜘蛛一样趴在网上,偶尔开怀一笑。

最卑微的状态下的无奈

谁料即便这种最卑微的状态仍然不能被允许。不能打游戏,偷菜变成采摘,不能下毛片儿,不能用BT,连最后一块自己的领地都被践踏地乱七八糟,只好调戏一下春哥,养两只羊驼来玩玩了。

[奇文共赏]美自由派民調公司調查「上帝的管理表現」捱轟


来源:http://www.gospelherald.com.hk/news/wor-2516/

来源是基督日报(香港)。

位於北卡州傾向自由派的公共政策民意調查公司(Public Policy Polling)日前抽樣調查美國選民對國會兩黨的表現評價,其中竟有幾條問題詢問選民對「上帝的管理表現」的看法,引起基督徒強烈的反應。

該民意調查在7月15至17日期間通過電話抽樣訪問了全國928位登記選民,包括民主黨、共和黨和中立派人士。調查問卷共有16條問題,第7至10道問題 詢問受訪者「如上帝存在,你是否滿意祂的表現呢?」、「如上帝存在,你是否滿意祂在處理自然天災方面的表現呢?」、「如上帝存在,你是否滿意祂在管理動物 方面的表現呢?」、「如上帝存在,你是否滿意祂怎樣創造宇宙呢?」。

21日發佈的調查結果發現,52%受訪者表示滿意「上帝的表現」,只有9%認為不滿意,另有40%左右說「不肯定」。超過6成自稱為保守派人士對「上帝的表現」滿意,比例非常高;自稱為自由派人士而滿意「上帝的表現」的比例亦達到54%。

數據亦顯示,30歲以下的成年人有67%滿意「上帝的表現」,但亦有18%表示不滿意。相對其他年齡層,分別表示「滿意」和「不滿意」上帝的表現的人比例 亦為最高,這象徵了30歲以下的成年人對上帝的看法存在著很大的反差。相反,在65歲以上的長者中,只有40%滿意「上帝的表現」,而覺得「不肯定」上帝 做得怎麼樣的人達到32%,這是所有年齡組別中比例最高的。

當被問及上帝在處理自然天災、管理動物及創造宇宙這些事情上的表現如何,受訪者表示最滿意上帝創造宇宙的工作,滿意與不滿意比例是76% 對 5%。至於上帝處理自然天災及管理動物的「得分」,分別是50%及56%。

該公共政策民意調查本來是為了查考選民對國會兩黨以及總統候選人的表現評價,但竟加上了有關「上帝的管理表現」的問題,引起了傳媒的關注。

Atlantic Wire時事評論記者指出:「從比較積極的角度來看,眾議院議長約翰.貝納(John Boehner)、國會的共和黨和民主黨全都在同樣的調查中得到33%支持率,其實上帝比他們都更受選民歡迎。」

大批網民就此調查議論紛紛。在CNN新聞的留言中,可以看到無神論者、非基督徒及基督徒展開激辯。

對於上帝的表現得到選民「良好的評價」,Chaz留言說:「我們不但要給神滿分,而且要獻上我們的敬拜和讚美。神創造我們,並且把祂的獨生子耶穌賜給我 們,已經配得我們100%的評價。」另有人質疑說「我們在地上的這些人是誰?有什麼資格來審判神?」,有人則指出「神不需要我們的這種認可…人對於神的能 力、智慧、真理和目的都理解太少了。人來衡量神等同單細胞生物想要衡量人類一樣」。

一些回應者認為世界上既然有這麼多的混亂和痛苦,即表示神不存在或者祂是一個很壞的神或者祂根本不關心。對此,有自稱One of Gods Followers回應說:「我想我們應該為一切來感謝神,祂賜給我們這個地球和家庭。我們擁有自由意志,問題不在於神。很多人不願意承認自己的過犯,所 以想把人的過犯都歸給一個人。我認為所有人都應該要向神禱告,祈求祂的幫助來保守我們所擁有的,而不是閒著來看這些無聊的調查和文章。」