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Found this very interesting article below, online.  It seems that people’s drivel is finally being recognized for what it is – or isnt

From France’s ‘Ne Pas Monde’

In a move set to reflect the sentiments of some users contemplating leaving its platform or overusing the ‘unfollow’ button, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the social media giant will be introducing new programming that will allow users to filter out certain ‘noise’ from appearing in their newsfeeds.  The proposed change was announced at a software and technology convention in Madrid last week.

‘The trend in people using social media as a platform to make absolute statements, with baseless opinions, has reached a tipping point’ he said, speaking passionately in front of a large crowd at the inaugural event aiming to stimulate technology growth in ailing Spain.

‘People are becoming disenchanted and removed from social media’s original intent, and most of the vitriol we are seeing is purely inane and quite idiotic’ he alleged, the crowd almost erupting into applause.

Dr David Grujl, from the Dutch research institute Blackgrap, commenting on Zuckerberg’s announcement, told the Washington Post that the precedence of people ‘looking to affirm their fragile egos and/or weak agendas spurting what seemed to be ‘intelligent’ opinion to clueless uneducated audiences,  isn’t new’.

‘We can even liken this kind of blind support and overt ‘debate’ amongst the social media ‘crowd’ to ancient times, when so called ‘educated’ people convinced the populous that their ‘intelligence’ – of which the populous knew no better – was validated by the amount of people that blindly followed them in agreeing’.

‘- When Socrates infamously started questioning them on subjects outside their agenda or narrow scope of view’, he added ‘it soon became apparent that the ‘few leading the masses’ weren’t actually that smart’.

And we all know what happened to Socrates (or do we) …

Linguistics expert from MIT, a former colleague of the hugely respected political writer Noam Chomsky, prof. Piotor  Shingle also penned an editorial piece for the Post on the subject, making the comment ‘many of these so-called ‘experts’ don’t even seem to have a basic grasp of language, punctuation, grammar and so on’, asking ‘would you trust the intellect of someone who doesn’t know the difference between they’re and their or there, or your and you’re?’  – a statement which apparently offended some readers, and was subsequently apologized for.

Ironically, documents leaked from the Post  showed that even some of the letters sent regarding prof. Shingle’s piece were laden with spelling and grammatical errors too.

Controversial philosopher Herbert Gerbert Facebook commented on Shingle’s Washington Post piece, saying that this ‘ridiculous’ trend in people’s ‘opining’ was perpetuating ‘stupidity, ‘hatred’, ‘bigotry’and ‘gross misinformation’, reflecting Zuckerberg’s sentiments that the idiom ‘social media’ was beginning to sound ‘ironic’ rather than relevant.

Further explaining the possible change, Zuckerberg claimed that ’not all opinions are valid, and certainly not all of them should be shared publicly’.  The platform’s new feature would simply ‘turn off’ this noise’, he said, and ‘hopefully even encourage people to question the validity of some of their arguments’.

A prominent US psychologist Dr. Bunny Friars also commented on the article, saying ‘People’s ‘perceived intellect’  is something that is becoming to people’s poor intellectual image, as valuable as the selfie is to people’s poor physical image’.

‘We know that there is a growing insecurity with whether we look right’, she added ‘but people are also becoming acutely aware of the fact that challenges of the mind are becoming increasingly difficult, and so they need to obscure these shortcomings as well’.

‘Being contrarian, argumentative or quarrelsome simulates this idea that we are having superior thoughts, and when the bait works, or when others chip in to agree, its like a pat on the back, an acknowledgement of this ‘perceived intelligence‘.

'People are starting to become very fed up with what can only be termed baseless nonsense' - Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

‘People are starting to become very fed up with what can only be termed as ‘baseless nonsense’ – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

 A local Madrid man, interviewed outside the conference apparently pitched an ‘anti-social’ media idea to a local reporter, saying his own platform would potentially utilize ‘video commenting’, more ‘grotesque’ emoticons and ‘death-threat hashtags’ with accompanying GIFs to appeal to the ‘idiotic and ‘needlessly irate’ commenters that were becoming more and more frequent.

‘Its just a battle of egos in the end’ said the Madrid man, ‘people trying to stack piles of evidence and fishing for the support of people they don’t even really know or respect, in order to support their ideals.  – Social media is becoming a massive joke’.

He was later seen masturbating in a field of donkeys, where a large audience of humans had gathered to show their support.

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