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Its Cool/Hip to Act Young and Stupid.

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posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 01:38 PM
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Why is it, that our society has become obsessed with being young (inexperienced) and being stupid (not caring about anything other than gratification/entertainment).



The more I think about this, the more I realize how correct Mr. Ferguson is, how many times have you tried to explain something to someone only to be met with "who cares?" or "well that's boring, so anyway Timberlake..."

Why have we become a society obsessed with being (or at least acting) young and stupid?

Why has age and experience become something to fear, and try to avoid, rather then something to aspire to?

The answer is pretty simple, we have been guided in that direction, you are bombarded everyday with the messages and images telling you to look younger, care less, and be as self centered as possible.

A public that is unaware and uncaring of its surroundings, is by far the most dangerous thing to a country's progress, so why has this been done? is it all for the sake of the mighty (well once mighty) dollar?

I can't help but think its intentional, but hey i am one of those wack jobs who cares so my opinion is worthless to the average person and there unrelenting desires to discuss tiger woods.




posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 01:54 PM
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I liked this video, and some of the more serious monologues that craig does.




posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 02:28 PM
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The very rich don't much like the idea that their economic "inferiors" could actually be their moral superiors. Besides, it's esier to manipulate people when their all scrambling to get their own piece of the pie.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 02:28 PM
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Ferguson is making some really deep social commentary here.

Interesting questions that you are asking; though some of them are already answered in his monologue.

Ferguson made his way into the psyche of the conspiracy theorist IMHO when he had the Communion author, Whitley Strieiber on his show.

If he had made it into the conspiracy theorist world before that interview then I am not aware of it.

Odd that he should should make his way into the ATS on a non-communion thread?



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 02:49 PM
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there's a very important aspect of this taht isnt mentioned though-

Create a customer in an adult, and you've got them for a few years. Get them as a child, and you create a customer for life-not only that, but children are far more influenced by their peers, meaning you possibly create 2 for every 1.


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posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 03:17 PM
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I'm the only one of my friends who appreciates Chris Ferguson. I think the dude is brilliant, but they just don't seem to get him.

It's true. Most don't care in the least. I have a facebook account. Daily I post on global happenings. Things that truly concern me. I get, "who cares" ? , "focus on yourself", and the likes constantly. Then I look at a friends profile and he says something utterly ridiculous, and has 8 likes, and 17 replies that just keep the nonsense rolling. If it's true, apathy is the foundation of evil, we're all screwed!



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 03:22 PM
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I think we all are being brain wave entrained, and at the mo we all are becoming more apathetic in ourselves.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 03:46 PM
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Never heard of the guy, but then again am in the U.S. and don't watch T.V. but he had a valid point. How many times where we exposed to commercials like this one. Sorry for the poor quality




posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 04:16 PM
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The only time I happen to watch any of the late night talk shows is when one happens to be on TV when I am at work and on break. For the most part I am disgusted by the idiocy I see on most of them. They seem to dole out foolishness and mindless drivel, at least from the bits and pieces I have seen. I rather hate the late night talk shows with a passion. That can often be said for Ferguson as well. The bits and pieces I have seen of his show seemed pointless and just not really entertaining in any way.

That being said I enjoyed this clip of him. He spoke about something that seemed pretty obvious to me for some time. It could have gone deeper and an entire show could have been done on the manipulation alone and still have more to talk about. Sadly though the majority of his audience will have not gotten what he was trying to say only accepting it as something funny to laugh at about how stupid they really are.

I am not saying all those who watch him are complete buffoons but certainly there are many watching him who are. The manipulation goes far deeper than getting people to act stupid. It has actually caused many to become stupid without care or desire to become something better and improve upon themselves. This was done not only to get people to buy more things and become impulsive shoppers who will buy themselves into a debt they will have to work two life times to get out of but also because stupid people are easier to control.

I see this as something that has been done by those who were in power to begin with. Not only will they gain from mindless shopping but also they gain in that they finally found a great way to control people at their roots. They grab them at an early age and have them for life (aside from those who actually wake up that is). If they do not get them young they still can grab some of the older ones who are looking for a childhood that they long ago left behind. These are the types that as adults have to have the latest gadgets or clothing that will keep them hip. These are the people that seem to try and buy their own happiness over and over.

I speak heavily of Generation X here (yes I know I just used the cliché word see how that works) my generation. I see them doing things that for the most part I would only expect those who are in their late teens or early twenties doing. I see them looking for an eternal youth with objects and not through looking inside for true personal happiness. They look all over in hopes that they will be accepted by all, when really they alienate themselves from the real world of those around them. They might be accepted by the younger crowd but they lose the importance they could have in their own crowd.

Raist



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 04:54 PM
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That video is hilarious! I noticed a serious decline in the youth female culture when Paris Hilton and her little friends made the vapid, whorish, drug-addled, socialite 'lifestyle' vogue. I blame the Jackass show and Ashton Kutcher for the "Dude, Where's My ?" mentality.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 05:02 PM
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I don't know. I'm not going to form my opinion based on what I see in the media. I go by experience. I've met a lot of thoughtful and intelligent young people. Theyr'e running a little bit scared right now. The future isn't that bright for them. Having a hard time in this economic climate. I can admit I did some dumb things when I was young. It's called growing up. I don't see them as better or worse then any other generation.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 05:03 PM
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Some of us were already opposed to acting stupid and not caring about anything when we were young. I never understood why it was cool to be a mean, rough, disinterested idiot and a"nerd" if you were not.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 05:06 PM
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personally Tiger Woods, Hollywood, MTV and mr Ferguson bore the hell out of me.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 05:06 PM
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Originally posted by Raist
The only time I happen to watch any of the late night talk shows is when one happens to be on TV when I am at work and on break. For the most part I am disgusted by the idiocy I see on most of them.


Too right. I watched harrison ford go on letterman the other day. It was back in early eighties. You should go and look at harrison and how he reacts, its like what an idiot letterman is.

I am truly amazed letterman has got this far, lol, by looking at that vid. Ford was sitting there and he was being asked the most stupid questions, lol.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 05:17 PM
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I don't see a major problem here.

There have always been the idiotic young who turn into the immature adults. It's just that these days they are given a platform. They are given cameras and airtime, airtime which they spend pulling off ridiculous pranks and making homemade porn movies in a bid for fame.

And it works.

I just think it's an evolution. I look at my grandparents and they are nothing like me. Obviously. They are how you would expect people who were born in the early part of last century to be.

Then I look at my parents. They are a little more liberated and more similar to me.

I though, just can't imagine EVER being like my grandparents and would struggle to see myself as my parents are. I'm far too immature. But one day I will be in their shoes. It does scare me a little to think of a society comprised of solely my generation.

However, I do think its a great time to be young, although, I would say that.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 07:19 PM
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its not so much about young people themselves, its that being young is whats "in" right now, i know plenty of people who are of the age of a supposedly mature adult who act just like the youth, and that for some reason is socially excitable/desirable these days, really if you don't act like carefree teenager your "lame"

[edit on 12/15/2009 by Alaskan Man]



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 07:25 PM
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I ask myself this question every day. Im not sure why society thinks its "cute" or "funny" or whatever word you want to use to be stupid and immature. Its not cute, its just annoying and i find myself every day telling people to grow the hell up. I think its pretty strange how a person in their late 30's can act younger than i do, and im 22.

I guess its all about how people are raised and what they experience in life. Some experience more than others and unfortunately, many of those people who are more unexperienced in life will always remain the same way because they dont care to see what the world has to offer. Intelligence is always more attractive than acting dumb.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 08:16 PM
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Craig Ferguson is now my favorite late night guy. This along with several other monolouges are hillarious and educational. Thanks for the link.



posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 08:26 PM
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I think technology has a major role to play in this scenario.

Parents/adults are becoming more and more distanced from the youth of today because of technology.

Therefore they feel the need to find ties with youths, common bonds. So acting more 'hip' is what they choose to do.

Young adults and even children know more about how the world works today than parents/adults do, because of the massive advance in technologies. Scary isn't it.



posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 12:09 AM
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Craig may act like a buffoon, but that's all it is, an act. Anyone who can read people and watches him can tell you that he is a very intelligent person, with a quick wit, and an observant manner. Some of his skits are awefully silly, but it is his interactions with his guests, that is the best part of the show a lot of the time. Whereas Letterman often looks at his desk, or his lap, or some other such, Ferguson looks directly at his guests, and actually engages them. Unlike some shows, it is pretty easy to sift through the fluff to find the good stuff on the Late Late Show.

As to the OP, I tell ya what, the past decade should be hailed as the decade of decadence and stupidity. I thought my own (gen x) generation was lame, these people now days make my generation look like intellectual giants in comparison. But then again, it isn't just the youth that have this 'affliction.' I've met gobs of 'grown folks' who act like they're still in High School. There are idiots in every generation it seems, they just have more exposure in this one.

Chrono



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