"Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul." –from the movie Billy Madison
I’m no fan of reality television, but I absolutely loathe the America’s Funniest Home Video sub-genre. Watch a man get hit in the crotch as his young son tries to connect with a baseball. See a woman fall off a ladder as she tries to dust the chandelier. Giggle with glee, as a man takes off from the high dive, misjudges the distance, and lands on the concrete.
It was fine when these types of video clips were confined to television but now, thanks to You-Tube, they have found their way onto Digg. What exactly does a man smoking a pipe through his eyes have to do with geek culture or technology?
I understand the gawker pull is pretty overwhelming to the tender young souls who think pain and suffering only happen to other people, but for the rest of you, I would like to share a few words.
First off, there is nothing rebellious or remotely cool about acting dumb or playing stupid. Don’t get me wrong, there once was a time and place when these things were cool, but the uptight cultural environment these tactics were used to subvert has long since past. Take a look around, stupid won or to paraphrase the Commander-in-Chief, "We are the masters of low expectations."
The Geneva Conventions are considered quaint and no one seems to care. Habeas Corpus dies a quick, silent death and no one could be bothered to attend the funeral.
I will support your right to celebrate the first amendment by rolling around in the gutter but I expect a certain amount of common sense in return. The same primitive instincts which makes other people’s suffering funny also drives our species lust for power at what ever the cost.
Your Constitutional Rights are not accessories to be tried on and then discarded depending on your outfit. You either have them all or you don’t have any. Remember that the next time you watch some guy get the crotch bat.