"Newsvine - Get Smarter Here", right?
I mean... come on. Who are we fooling? How many people come here to learn? How many people come here to "get smarter"? People come here to argue, myself included. I mean... I LOVE to "get smarter." When I was young, my parents had some cheap encyclopedias. The kinds most 32 year old's parents had. My grandparents bought them from a traveling salesman for my parents, for Jesus' birthday one year. Anyways, I read them, through Q. By 13. I got smarter. A lot. I got older, and I got into different shit. I still read, a lot. But, I found other things to do. Now, I'm a little more older, and I got back around to wanting to learn.
I only relatively recently even started using the internet. Like... within the past 7 years or so. I used to spend a lot of time on the vine, back when I first really started discovering comments on news sites. It started with sports on msnbc.com. It was my assigned homepage. Then, I saw the comments. I didn't really comment that much, but at the time I didn't really know about commenting online and talking online and everything else. I just signed up and made my name and started talking about random sports stuff. I went around the block, and checked out a few.
Then, after I had to sign up for newsvine and other sites to comment on an article, I found that the level of conversation was a lot different than what I knew. It wasn't really newsvine, so much, I just didn't really know about how so many people held so many different opinions, and that you can read them all online so easily. I was so naive.
There are so many people who hold the same damn opinions. I'm just saying... We all know how a lot of people here feel. Most people, actually. What the hell am I learning? How the hell am I supposed to get smarter?
I dig that there are groups, and all the other things that the vine has to offer, but if I'm supposed to keep coming back, and keep contributing, I think the vine should at least live up to its claims. If the intent is to offer a website to "Get Smarter", then I think newsvine should at least help me do it. Or make some attempt to. Or, as I propose, just change the motto already. I have 10 proposals, based on my slightly drunken state, and my experiences here...
1) Newsvine - Get Aggravated Here
2) Newsvine - Wade Through A Lot Of BS To Get To A Few Good Posts
3) Newsvine - At Least Our Comments Are Less Racist Than Yahoo's
4) Newsvine - Join The 5 Best Groups And Read The Rest Elsewhere
5) Newsvine - Pick A Side And Wait For the FRs
6) Newsvine - You Can Add Your Own Stuff, But Ours Will Still Show Up On The Front Page
7) Newsvine - Say Something Controversisal - Earn Pennies On The Hour
8) Newsvine - Where EVERYONE Thinks They Are Discriminated Against By The Mods, Even Though The Mods Are Some Of The Best On Any Reputable Site
9) Newsvine - Get Sarcasm Here
10) Newsvine - Its Like A Blog Eggroll
I dunno. I used to really like Newsvine. I used to not know a whole lot about the internet. I feel kind of bad that I pretty much just have sarcastic bullshit to offer anymore. I'm not really sure what my purpose here is. I recently started reading the encyclopedia again, a couple years ago. I have made it through T, but R, S, and 2/3 of T were a lot more fucking detailed than my parents' shit. This is in addition to keeping up with current events and news. I just finally realized that I wanted to get smarter. It just isn't practical to do so here.
Newsvine, you're failing me. I'm trying to get smarter. I don't mean this to be rude. Just slightly sarcastic, but... A lot of truth is said in jest.
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