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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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Jim Browning, the virtual superhero fighting scammers all over the world, almost got scammed out of his youtube channel. Goes to show that nobody really is safe! Always be careful online, people!

 

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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A must watch:

 

Wikipedia of the past represents what was great about early internet culture. The public was rushing to bring new information to light and illuminate all aspects and viewpoints. It was a truth accelerator because all views and facts could be openly challenged until only the most robust ones emerged.

The current incarnation of Wikipedia is a hellish landscape of censorship, partisan views, astro-turfing, PR, and corporate subservience. I suppose that someone with a religious bent would say that us "free-loading sinners are reaping what we sow" by ignoring Jimmy Wales' pleas for pocket change to keep the site alive.

I would grimly suggest that if Wikipedia wasn't easily susceptible to sway by the power brokers of the world, it would instead be tarnished by paid actors and turned into a turgid landscape of fake racist \ sexist comments to be fodder for news pundits who would cry "shut it down!".

In short, if it weren't for Wikipedia's willingness to abide the powerful it would have the same fate as voat:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voat

.. which started as a strongly "free-speech reddit clone" but was subject to non-stop attacks and subversion and was posthumously labeled as a "racist alt-right blog" by a powerful coalition of political propaganda groups and their friendly media outlets.

I fear that all sites that offer viewpoint neutrality and free speech on political topics are at risk now.

The new modus operandi is to "de-platform" anything that does not align to the approved narratives.

For example, reddit just banned the "No New Normal" forum where anti-vax crazies share their memes and articles. In the past, when such a group would arise out on the internet it would either be shrugged off and ignored or people would engage with it either directly or indirectly to debunk whatever nonsense was being spouted. This was the case for flat earth discussions, young earth creationists. etc. Now, rather than letting nature take it's course and allowing users to discuss and debate the topic... it is simply labeled "too dangerous to exist" and banned.

If you wanted to radicalize a segment of the population, you could go no further than "banning all their speech" and this action seems to be exactly what an authoritarian would want if they wanted to start a little civil war.

I am strongly inclined to believe that Reddit's Chinese investors are intentionally encouraging this censorship model. China would be all too happy to inflame the partisan divide by banning all right-leaning speech.

Someone needs to remind people that we have had anti-vax crazies since at least 1998 and before that we had whole religious sects who forbade any medical interventions:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Science

The answer to that "problem" was not "duct tape their mouths shut".

It was instead to have lots of open and frank discussions or vigorous debates. If "No New Normal" could be co-opted to mean that we no longer use "censorship as a shortcut" to avoid the hard work of countering the ill informed then I could count myself into the numbers of those who appose this "new normal".

 

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Please visit TDM's IndieDB site and help promote the mod:

 

http://www.indiedb.com/mods/the-dark-mod

 

(Yeah, shameless promotion... but traffic is traffic folks...)

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"I really perceive that vanity about which most men merely prate — the vanity of the human or temporal life. I live continually in a reverie of the future. I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. The result will never vary — and to suppose that it will, is to suppose that the foregone man has lived in vain — that the foregone time is but the rudiment of the future — that the myriads who have perished have not been upon equal footing with ourselves — nor are we with our posterity. I cannot agree to lose sight of man the individual, in man the mass."...

- 2 July 1844 letter to James Russell Lowell from Edgar Allan Poe.

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