And this is another of my main concerns. Yes I look back at my childhood in the 90s and I do miss some aspects, but you've nailed it on the next one. Being offended on behalf of others. It is the most ridiculous thing ever! There's someone who will find anything offensive. Should I stop playing violent video games because they'd offend my parents? Should I tell my wife off for not wearing a shawl because someone from half a dozen religions might take offence? Clearly I won't, so we have to pick and choose who we take the side of, which ultimately means we're saying "I don't like what you're doing, and see that person over there? They agree with me too, so stop" except the internet encourages people to join in, or exaggerate how offended they were to demonstrate something about themselves to bystanders.But I really miss the more privacy oriented 90's, and politically un-correct comedy.... People get too easily offended by everything, and even worse, on the behalf of others. But that is another topic alltogether...
This, very much so. I had a terrible time at school. But it made me who I am very much so. And most of the things were my choices, although maybe not consciously in all cases, but I wanted long hair. I actually cut off 20 year old dreads a couple of year ago, that hadn't been cut since I was 12. I mean. in hindsight I was that kid, no wonder I had a hard time.I was bullied pretty bad as a poor, fat, long haired nerdy kid in the 70's....and it was the BEST learning experience I ever had about becoming aware, proactive, self sufficient, and independent. I also learned to realize that the fat, long haired, nerdy part was on me, and to make light of it...AND not to blame it all on other reasons <---- I made the decision to over eat; I made the decision to grow my hair out; I made the decision to not live in the mainstream world;
Back when I started playing, no matter what instrument it was, the reason why we played was to be in a band. That to me seems to be one of the biggest changes brought about by the interwebs, because these days it seems like most younger drummers only desire to make drum covers they can splash all over YouTube. Or “instructional” videos by those who don’t really know enough to instruct others.
If online video sharing platforms all of a sudden disappeared, I wonder how many of these drummers would just quit playing?
So firstly let me state, categorically, that I believe the internet to be the single worst invention of humanity, and I think we'll all come to either see that or be so absorbed by the whole thing that we're unable to see it.
Don't get me wrong, I love the internet, we all know the benefits, and before the main argument, a quick statement that I mean no one or group in particular throughout this, just big crowds are stupider than individuals, that's a psychological fact. And the more "one crowd" we all become, the stupider we act on mass.
I think the internet breeds a mediocrity of populace, wherein taking in information is passive and subconscious allowing all kinds of unfiltered agendas, propogandas and ads, but equally importantly, it doesn't excessive the brain leaving the brain weaker and unable to defend itself. It gives the feeling of achievement with minimal actual achievement.
It was a tool, created for all the right reasons and noble goals of globilisation, but I don't think humanity can really handle it without all being a little more aware of things beyond our immediate surroundings. But alas, the internet, which is increasingly in our immediate surrounds is so shiney and pretty it's now no longer a tool. Alcohol was a tool once, used for cleansing water. When we could distill it, we used it for medicine. This fact doesn't help an alcoholic.
It reminds me of reading Plato, and he argued philosophers should rule, in the place of what they had - an auditorium wherein the loudest, or most persuasive orator would win. He also sited art was a copy of a the real world and the real world was a copy of the perfect world of things...sorta, in a nutshell. Not saying I agree with him, but I find the future increasingly reminiscent of this in that the whim of the [online] peoples being swayed by whoever can draw the most attention in a world that is just a copy of something else. It's disgusting, and scary.
To relate that to drumming, it's practically pointless me dreaming of being a well known drummer without being good on social media, ie, its no longer and drumming skills contest, so much as a drumming and another totally irrelevant thing, contest. But it's full of amazing resources too, like this forum which I've learnt from and been inspired in drumming and in life from.
And this is another of my main concerns. Yes I look back at my childhood in the 90s and I do miss some aspects, but you've nailed it on the next one. Being offended on behalf of others. It is the most ridiculous thing ever! ....
This, very much so. I had a terrible time at school. But it made me who I am very much so. And most of the things were my choices, although maybe not consciously in all cases, but I wanted long hair. I actually cut off 20 year old dreads a couple of year ago, that hadn't been cut since I was 12. I mean. in hindsight I was that kid, no wonder I had a hard time.
I feel like whilst the internet seems to be lorded for allowing people to be themselves online, this in turn means everything is on record. Mistakes have become more devastating. So if you were a bully in a moment or during a time, there's no moving away from it. One of the most touching moments in my life was when a bully from my school pulled up and got out the car to buy me a coffee and apologize to my face a few years later, and he deserves the fresh start it sounded like he found. The internet becomes its own internal social monitoring network, too reminiscent of a volunteer informant like neighbours would do during Stalinism or the Third Reich.
Or Texas.a volunteer informant like neighbours would do during Stalinism or the Third Reich.