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Posted: 8/25/2004 4:40:07 PM EST
Seriously...am I the only person here that has noticed that, despite our wide differences, people here generally have similar interests, thought patterns, etc.....and generally use logic, or at least understand the concept.

The real world does NOT operate like this.

As I get older, interacting with the real world becomes harder and harder.

So, who thinks having ARFCOM as a refuge makes it harder to communicate with the "average idiot"...knowing you can always come here and rant about the idiot, instead of actually making an effort to talk their language?
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:41:12 PM EST
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Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:46:28 PM EST
Groupthink
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:48:49 PM EST
I find that arfcom makes it EASIER for me to interact with people in the "real" world.

As an academic with no social life (and a fiancee living three states away) I don't really interact a whole lot with people. Spending time in discussion, argument and fun on arfcom is actually improving my people skills, as ironic as that may sound..

I also think it is useful to learn how to argue with people that you really, really disagree with - and maybe even see their side of the argument, even if you don't agree.



Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:51:11 PM EST
I have a hard enough time operating in a "normal" society. I doubt ARFCOM has much sway on my capacity for idiots.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:54:10 PM EST
This IS nermal society.... isn't it?
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:54:15 PM EST
I believe we are the majority. The so-called fly-over States contributed much to the success of our POTUS getting elected. Those States, in the majority, support the constitution and the Bill of Rights.

And I seriously enjoy encountering people with liberal opinions. I have found (I swear this is truth) that most liberals are easily swayed.

You DO know what constitutes a liberal, right? Being UNINFORMED. When provided with the correct information and an engaging tone, you can move ANYONE.

So don't distance yourself. Embrace it and start converting the left.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:56:01 PM EST
I'm the kind of person who loves a good debate and talking politics, and I get to get alot of it out of my system here instead of making enemies of customers and freinds.

Somebody needs to start a good union thread however... i love those.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:57:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I find that arfcom makes it EASIER for me to interact with people in the "real" world.

As an academic with no social life (and a fiancee living three states away) I don't really interact a whole lot with people. Spending time in discussion, argument and fun on arfcom is actually improving my people skills, as ironic as that may sound..

I also think it is useful to learn how to argue with people that you really, really disagree with - and maybe even see their side of the argument, even if you don't agree.






To use a quote from the famous cult film Pulp Fiction, "...you's a smart muh fukka, that's right!"

I have seen the same communication maturity in myself.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 4:58:12 PM EST
it's easier to duck punches on the intraweb


Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:00:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:
I'm the kind of person who loves a good debate and talking politics, and I get to get alot of it out of my system here instead of making enemies of customers and freinds.

Somebody needs to start a good union thread however... i love those.



OHHHH! MAN! I am sooo pro-union and I KNOW that is very unpopular here.


Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:01:51 PM EST
It has helped me actually. I was never involved in many political debates until the past few years. So by being here, seeing some of you folks in action and having the trolls to practice on, I have become a pretty seasoned and effective debater.

So while that doesn't lessen my encounters with idiots, I am at least better prepared to shut them up in a hurry, because I know what buttons to push thanks to experience gained here.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:02:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:03:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:05:54 PM EST

Does ARFCOM make it harder to interact with 'normal' society?


Well, I have been slapped a few times for asking if I could stick it in her pooper and take pictures, but that's about it.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:08:33 PM EST

Does ARFCOM make it harder to interact with 'normal' society?


What is this "normal society" of which you speak?
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:09:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
As I get older it doesn't get harder to deal with people at large, I get less interested in dealing with people at large.



+1
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:16:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Seriously...am I the only person here that has noticed that, despite our wide differences, people here generally have similar interests, thought patterns, etc.....and generally use logic, or at least understand the concept.

The real world does NOT operate like this.

As I get older, interacting with the real world becomes harder and harder.

So, who thinks having ARFCOM as a refuge makes it harder to communicate with the "average idiot"...knowing you can always come here and rant about the idiot, instead of actually making an effort to talk their language?




ARFCOM is my refuge from the stupidity banging on my gate.



Hmmm, maybe it's time I paid you another visit
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:17:50 PM EST
I dont know I sometimes get urges to blurt out IBTL,PIE!, and +1
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:51:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
No we actually like some socialists, just not in this country.



Damn, that didn't take long at all!

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:59:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Persephone:

Does ARFCOM make it harder to interact with 'normal' society?


What is this "normal society" of which you speak?




Is someone implying that ARFCOM is somehow not "normal"?
I thought it was the rest of the world that has become somewhat strange.....
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:01:21 PM EST
I live and work so far from 'normal' society I come here to escape back.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:08:15 PM EST
Around here, normal society is pushy liberal anti-gun soccer moms in SUV's and rowdy urban alternative lifestyle street people who wear chains, carry switchblades, and hate everyone who carries a gun, besides themselves. No, Arfcom doesn't make that any harder to deal with.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:17:09 PM EST
I've never interacted well with society. Too many people with their heads up their asses. I can get along with just about anybody, but I mostly choose to avoid having to act friendly for the sake getting along. This doesn't go over too well at work, but they're used to it.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:18:41 PM EST
I have always felt that 95% of the world is stupid. I sometimes actually enjoy watching the stupidity in action. Usually though, I get frustrated by it. But, I think my axiom is wrong. An upward revision is necessary.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:22:03 PM EST
My first report card from Kindergarten contained the note: "Does NOT play well with others." Arfcom has not changed that.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:30:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Seriously...am I the only person here that has noticed that, despite our wide differences, people here generally have similar interests, thought patterns, etc.....and generally use logic, or at least understand the concept.

The real world does NOT operate like this.

As I get older, interacting with the real world becomes harder and harder.

So, who thinks having ARFCOM as a refuge makes it harder to communicate with the "average idiot"...knowing you can always come here and rant about the idiot, instead of actually making an effort to talk their language?




Yup.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:34:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I find that arfcom makes it EASIER for me to interact with people in the "real" world.

As an academic with no social life (and a fiancee living three states away) I don't really interact a whole lot with people. Spending time in discussion, argument and fun on arfcom is actually improving my people skills, as ironic as that may sound..

I also think it is useful to learn how to argue with people that you really, really disagree with - and maybe even see their side of the argument, even if you don't agree.






To use a quote from the famous cult film Pulp Fiction, "...you's a smart muh fukka, that's right!"

I have seen the same communication maturity in myself.




Check out the big brain on DK-Prof!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:36:36 PM EST
Face to face human interaction is HIGHLY overrated. At least it is when you're me.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:04:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By topjimmy:

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I find that arfcom makes it EASIER for me to interact with people in the "real" world.

As an academic with no social life (and a fiancee living three states away) I don't really interact a whole lot with people. Spending time in discussion, argument and fun on arfcom is actually improving my people skills, as ironic as that may sound..

I also think it is useful to learn how to argue with people that you really, really disagree with - and maybe even see their side of the argument, even if you don't agree.






To use a quote from the famous cult film Pulp Fiction, "...you's a smart muh fukka, that's right!"

I have seen the same communication maturity in myself.




Check out the big brain on DK-Prof!




Big brain AND wooden shoes!! Form a line, ladies!!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:14:46 PM EST
I have always had problems dealing with people. AR15.com might make it abit better really.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:16:10 PM EST
Hey,
I'm not antisocial, I just don't like people!
Mike
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:21:54 PM EST
I'm not anti-social, I just can't stand idiots. This includes 95% of everyone I meet in public or meet in a mall. I endure Wal-Mart for cheap ammo. Grocery stores are hell.

This is one of the few forums that stimulates the 'Ol Gourd'.

I may not post much but I read a lot of things that make a difference.


SlackO
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:36:40 PM EST
Every year I come here for about 6 months or so, read and participate in a bunch of threads and then I think I'm ready to head back out into the big wide world.

BZZZTT!

Here's a shock - it ain't normal out there! Of course, that explains why I have to come back here - for rehab

This place helps me keep my sanity in a world of fools, and I don't suffer fools lightly.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:41:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I find that arfcom makes it EASIER for me to interact with people in the "real" world.

As an academic with no social life (and a fiancee living three states away) I don't really interact a whole lot with people. Spending time in discussion, argument and fun on arfcom is actually improving my people skills, as ironic as that may sound..

I also think it is useful to learn how to argue with people that you really, really disagree with - and maybe even see their side of the argument, even if you don't agree.




+1

Of course, it has its downside...

Every once in a while, out in wetworld, I'll bring up a reference to something here only to be greeted with blank stares:

"get both!"
"I like pie"
"stick it in....."

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:45:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 8:09:19 PM EST
heck, I'm having a hard time with some of the folks here.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 3:14:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 3:26:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
I see stupid people. They're everywhere.


But damned few of them reside here in ARFCOM-Land.



I still bear the scar of one of the few.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 3:32:55 AM EST
I find myself using words from here.

Asshat
Fucktard
Get both
pie
etc

People look at me strangely

Of course, they did that before too....
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 3:43:53 AM EST

"In an insane society, the sane man inevitably appears insane.:

I think Mr Spock said that, but it's pretty cool. Carry on.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 4:04:51 AM EST
Yeah. ARFCOM has opened my eyes so to speak. I know more about US politics and stuff now.

People here are so liberal, so its hard to speak with many.

Nobody knows what "pie" is, so I say "I like pie" alot
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 4:21:34 AM EST
ARFCOM has really been responsible for getting in touch with my 'political' side, as such I don't suffer foolish democraps and liberals lightly any more, I've become quite alienated from much of my extented family, I got into a somewhat heated debate with my bil and fil a few months ago, it wasn't pretty.......
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 4:21:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Seriously...am I the only person here that has noticed that, despite our wide differences, people here generally have similar interests, thought patterns, etc.....and generally use logic, or at least understand the concept.

The real world does NOT operate like this.

As I get older, interacting with the real world becomes harder and harder.

So, who thinks having ARFCOM as a refuge makes it harder to communicate with the "average idiot"...knowing you can always come here and rant about the idiot, instead of actually making an effort to talk their language?



I think there's something to this, but, on the other hand, it's next to impossible to disagree with anyone in here either without the conversation degenerating VERY quickly. There are folks in here who are the execption, for sure, but I can count the ones I've met on the fingers of one hand. The cuckoo clocks in the real world can't follow a complicated or logical train of thought, but many of the folks in here don't WANT to follow a complicated or logical train of thought. And the anonimity of cyberspace breeds a lot of rudeness that simply does not (and for the most part cannot) happen in face to face dialogue. I don't mean to bash the people in here really, the medium is part of the problem. Electronic communication between strangers does not allow for communication to occur the way humans actually do it in reality. Body language, facial expression, tone of voice, background information about the speaker are all crucial parts of human communication. All that very important stuff is pretty much eliminated in a posting forum. Gremlins and icons help a little, but are a very poor substitute.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 5:04:37 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 5:05:26 AM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 5:06:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
I see stupid people. They're everywhere.



But damned few of them reside here in ARFCOM-Land.



ANd those few get promoted to Staff!


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