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[–]sawboss 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (8 children)

Then there’s the actual adults that act like children

That would be me. Seriously, I only participate actively in about 3 subs nowadays. Venturing out into the wider world of Reddit is a scary prospect nowadays.

What you need to understand is that social media companies hire psychologists to design systems to promote engagement. They make money by selling advertisements, and that's why engagement is key to their bottom line. So the karma system is used to manipulate users to that end.

Then there are all the many, many bots. And all the covert advertisements which flood the front page. And all the karma junkies who repost old shit, and copy/paste shit they didn't create themselves. And yes, all the twelve-year olds pretending to be adults for lulz.

Welcome to SaidIt. I'm still a dickhead.

[–]sodasplash 1 insightful - 4 fun1 insightful - 3 fun2 insightful - 4 fun -  (7 children)

I only go on social media to be a dickhead. That’s why CA was and WSB is so good.

[–]sawboss 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (6 children)

Well done. You gotta keep fighting for good.

[–]magnora7 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (5 children)

How does "being a dickhead" equal "fighting for good" exactly?

[–]sawboss 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

Because it's one of the few ways remaining to resist the oppressive groupthink which permeates social media, the Internet in general, and the mainstream media. Why do I think so? Because my opponents do not recognize my values, they will not honor any effort I make to adhere to my values. Every concession to etiquette is seen as an admission of guilt, and used to coerce submission to the will of their mob.

Fuck all that. As long as I breathe I will be me, thinking my thoughts and saying my words.

[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

Because my opponents do not recognize my values, they will not honor any effort I make to adhere to my values. Every concession to etiquette is seen as an admission of guilt, and used to coerce submission to the will of their mob.

I empathize with your situation, but why do you base your behavior on what your opponents think? Not everyone you interact with online is your opponent. And letting your opponents influence your behavior so much is a loss in itself, imo

[–]sawboss 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

why do you base your behavior on what your opponents think?

I don't. Why should I base my behavior on what they might think?

[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

You literally just told me that's exactly what you do!

[–]sawboss 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

So how do you think I'm going to square the circle?