Internet and intelligence  

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3/6/2006 1:27 am

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Internet and intelligence

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I was reading a post in a group today. It was by a woman that one would think was intelligent. I am trying to consider her a friend. (I say trying because I do not consider people friends easily. ) She is in the medical field. Normally one would take this to mean that she has some intelligence. I'm sure she does, as far as her work is concerned. I mean, think about it. All the stuff you have to know in order to work in that field!

But this post she made!

It was full of ... mistakes? I use the ? because part of me thinks that she is just trying to 'sound cute'. She did things like not capitalizing the 'i' when it stood alone as a word. She didn't even capitalize the beginning of her statement. But what really got me .. the use of 'baby words'. Yes! Baby words! On an adult oriented site. I didn't even use 'baby words' with my children!

In all honesty .. it bugs me to no end. Why would you try and make yourself sound different on-line than you actually are in person? Do we, as a on-line community, encourage this 'dumbing down'?

I know that I may not be the brightest bulb in the pack. I freely admit to not always being grammatically correct. If it weren't for spell checker ... my dictionary would have to be replaced every few months. I know these things about myself. I do my best to make sure that I at least sound like I went to High School. Not only went, but actually LEARNED a thing or two as well!

Now that I re-read what I've already said ... I have to amend my statement. She doesn't make herself sound any different on-line than she is in person. In person, she talks like she is trying to make herself sound cute. She is an attractive person. I wonder why she feels the need to portray herself in an uneducated manner.

For once, I would like for Jst and I to meet a couple who do not portray themselves any differently than they actually are.

We want to meet REAL people and have REAL conversations!

For those of you wondering ... Jst is NOT misspelled every time you see it here. That's just how I am referring to my other half. Get used to it or move on!


intierzha 45M

3/7/2006 9:02 am

I hope posting is ok. I saw y'all stop by my blog, so I thought I would return the favor. I noticed no posts, and I understand this is a rant, but I cannot help but sympathise with your plight in this matter. Admittedly, I make the occassional typo, but that is mostly because I type fast and a couple of keys stick on my present computer; however, I cannot understand the ability (or lack thereof) of seemingly reasonable people to engage in talk that is otherwise beneath them, on a whole variety of levels. Really, it is not that hard to complete a sentence and check yourself for grammatical errors. On the other hand, some people want to make themselves what they are not. Pity. A person should never be ashamed of their education or their ability to converse in a courteous and civilised manner. Unfortunately, I think the Internet encourages otherwise educated and well-spoken people to act like utter morons. Sorry to ramble, but your rant definitely strikes a chord with me. Take care.

C.


wantonwill 61M

3/7/2006 10:45 am

I think America,and the world,is in the process of dumbing down in, and on, everything. Look at government...Al Gore said he invented the internet! Look at authors.....2 books in the last few months where authors have made up or borrowed ideas not their own. And Oprah...dont get me started; "The conscience of a generation"! Please!
The ability to speak,read,write and think intelligently is not a mystery...it just takes a little effort. I read recently that President John Kennedy had an IQ of 119(slightly above average)and he graduated from an Ivy League school, and became President of the U.S.! I enjoy his definition of success, "Doing what you enjoy with excellence." It's a shame more of humanity doesnt follow his advice, especially when it comes to expressing ourselves.


rm_jst4blog 49M/49F
37 posts
3/8/2006 12:11 am

    Quoting intierzha:
    I hope posting is ok. I saw y'all stop by my blog, so I thought I would return the favor. I noticed no posts, and I understand this is a rant, but I cannot help but sympathise with your plight in this matter. Admittedly, I make the occassional typo, but that is mostly because I type fast and a couple of keys stick on my present computer; however, I cannot understand the ability (or lack thereof) of seemingly reasonable people to engage in talk that is otherwise beneath them, on a whole variety of levels. Really, it is not that hard to complete a sentence and check yourself for grammatical errors. On the other hand, some people want to make themselves what they are not. Pity. A person should never be ashamed of their education or their ability to converse in a courteous and civilised manner. Unfortunately, I think the Internet encourages otherwise educated and well-spoken people to act like utter morons. Sorry to ramble, but your rant definitely strikes a chord with me. Take care.

    C.
You are perfectly welcome to rant all you want. Reading your blog .. seeing the things you went on about ... how well it was done .. THAT got you on our watch list. Be prepared to see us pop in every once in a while.

By the way .. I honestly think that the reason my children were TALKING at just over a year old ... is BECAUSE I DIDN'T speak 'baby talk' to them!

Thank you for visiting with us. And like I said -- I'm not great with spelling and punctuation and grammar ... I know I make mistakes. But at least they aren't on purpose!

Stop by any time ... rant about anything ... be welcome ...


rm_jst4blog 49M/49F
37 posts
3/8/2006 12:20 am

    Quoting wantonwill:
    I think America,and the world,is in the process of dumbing down in, and on, everything. Look at government...Al Gore said he invented the internet! Look at authors.....2 books in the last few months where authors have made up or borrowed ideas not their own. And Oprah...dont get me started; "The conscience of a generation"! Please!
    The ability to speak,read,write and think intelligently is not a mystery...it just takes a little effort. I read recently that President John Kennedy had an IQ of 119(slightly above average)and he graduated from an Ivy League school, and became President of the U.S.! I enjoy his definition of success, "Doing what you enjoy with excellence." It's a shame more of humanity doesnt follow his advice, especially when it comes to expressing ourselves.
And yet another visitor that we watch. Again ... based on how your express yourself.

Kennedy really said that? My daughter will like that quote -- I'm going to make sure I tell her about it.

Go on and on about Oprah all you want. You will NOT offend the dwellers of this small space. I don't think she speaks for even half the people she seems to think she does. I know people who have the TV on just for background noise during the day ... I'll call them or visit them and ask "What's on?" They don't EVEN know! I would almost wager that if the people who were not watching TV would just turn them OFF -- her ratings would DROP. Maybe not a lot -- but enough to give her pause for thought.

We wish you welcome to our humble abode. Please feel free to stop in at any time and go on and on and on about anything you wish to. We will be more than happy to listen.


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