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Ariqun comments on The Virtue of Narrowness - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Ariqun 18 January 2013 10:44:35PM -1 points [-]

I agree with your perspective. I've noticed that in this fast-paced culture (fast food, instant messaging, etc.) more and more people are using hasty generalizations in their speech. If they do not, they risk losing their audience.

An example of this is a young woman that a friend and I passed while walking. She was conversing with her companion and said, 'And like, 80% of the world knows _ [I don't remember exact details but it was something about technology/texting].'

That's what society is producing! My friend studies statistics and had a good time talking about how she was wrong.

Saying 'everything is connected' has turned from being potentially wise to just another hasty statement used typically to sound profound in a discussion/gain a winning point. Which is disconcerting, considering the implications of such a statement. I wonder at how many of the people who make that claim spend their time connecting everything. Seems like a daunting task.

Comment author: MugaSofer 20 January 2013 02:23:04PM -2 points [-]

You do realize you're generalizing about "this fast-paced culture"? Not saying it's a hasty generalization, mind, but still.