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  1. Comment on What are your hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    I disagree with this in spirit, but I admit that you're right if we consider the formal definition of a hobby. I think that we see hobbies nowadays as "one notch below a skill or a profession"....

    I disagree with this in spirit, but I admit that you're right if we consider the formal definition of a hobby.
    I think that we see hobbies nowadays as "one notch below a skill or a profession". Meaning it requires from you at least some amount of effort, and it is expected that you improve at it through time even if very slowly.
    This is why in my opinion passive activities such as consuming media shouldn't be put in the same category as activities such as playing an instrument, drawing, woodworking, stamp collecting, etc.

    As for having sociopolitical discussion on the internet, I suppose you can define it as a hobby as it can improve your rhetorical skills, critical thinking, and general knowledge about the topics you're discussing.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Sonic the Hedgehog - New official trailer (with new Sonic appearance) in ~movies

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    I've noticed a trend recently that the discussions revolving around upcoming 'blockbuster' movies mostly focus on things that are not related to the movie itself. Take this movie for example, what...

    I've noticed a trend recently that the discussions revolving around upcoming 'blockbuster' movies mostly focus on things that are not related to the movie itself.
    Take this movie for example, what are some of the narratives about it?

    1. They actually listened to our critiques and made changes
    2. I love Jim Carry
    3. I love Sonic

    Notice how none of these three statements have anything to do with the contents of the movie itself, as far as I'm concerned we could be talking about an upcoming Sonic cartoon, comicbook, video game, etc.

    It's a bit of an exaggeration because there really is some discussion about the contents of the trailer, but from what I've seen it is not the main focus at all.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Migrating Russian eagles run up huge data roaming charges in ~science

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    So funny that these eagles are just going on with their lives, not knowing the havoc that they've indirectly caused.

    So funny that these eagles are just going on with their lives, not knowing the havoc that they've indirectly caused.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    There's something so beautiful about communities of passionate people dedicating a part of their real lives to build things like this. Following rules and playing your role seems to have been...

    There's something so beautiful about communities of passionate people dedicating a part of their real lives to build things like this. Following rules and playing your role seems to have been abandoned these days, with people favouring greefing/trolling for laughs instead of conforming and belonging to a certain community.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on How important was "Moneyball" to the success of the 2002 Oakland A's? in ~movies

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    I've recently watched the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and while I enjoyed the movie for its great performances, cinematography, and sound track, I've felt that some parts of...

    I've recently watched the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and while I enjoyed the movie for its great performances, cinematography, and sound track, I've felt that some parts of the story had a faint smell of Hollywood meddling.
    I've come across this interesting article which discusses the inaccuracies in the movie and book compared to what actually happened in real life.

    Note: This topic could be a better fit for ~sports as it gets pretty technical, but I think that anyone who watched the movie can follow along, even if they don't have much knowledge in baseball.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Agreed. I find that oreos are too hard and brittle, even if soaked in milk. Eating them dry feels like gritting sand between my teeth.

    Agreed. I find that oreos are too hard and brittle, even if soaked in milk. Eating them dry feels like gritting sand between my teeth.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Either our taste buds are different or you've been eating some low quality fruits. I personally can eat buckets of both of these fruits, especially the banana. Hard crunchy pears can be tasteless,...

    Either our taste buds are different or you've been eating some low quality fruits. I personally can eat buckets of both of these fruits, especially the banana. Hard crunchy pears can be tasteless, but they still are refreshing to eat, sort of like cucumbers. Fully ripened reddish pears are absolutely delicious and full of taste in my experience.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Potential new groups, and general discussion about the purpose and organization of the group hierarchy in ~tildes.official

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    I think that this will more or less prevent distinct separate discussions in each group. Person X commenting on a post in group A sees that there's also discussion about this topic in group B, so...

    maybe instead of explicit crossposts, there's just a list of links below the main post called something like "discussions in other groups", which is automatically generated based on the URL the post links to.

    I think that this will more or less prevent distinct separate discussions in each group. Person X commenting on a post in group A sees that there's also discussion about this topic in group B, so they head to that discussion and drop their opinions/comments/takes there too. Of course this can also happen without the feature that you propose, but I think it will be less convenient. In my opinion there should be as many "walls" possible preventing discussions in different groups from mixing with each other.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on A Bad Year For Onions in ~misc

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    An interesting and well produced series of a farmer documenting his farm and the results of his different methods of cultivating crops.

    An interesting and well produced series of a farmer documenting his farm and the results of his different methods of cultivating crops.

  10. Comment on Scientists piece together the largest U.S.-based dark matter experiment in ~science

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    LZ is particularly focused on finding a type of theoretical particle called a weakly interacting massive particle or WIMP by triggering a unique sequence of light and electrical signals in a tank filled with 10 metric tons of highly purified liquid xenon, which is among Earth's rarest elements. The properties of xenon atoms allow them to produce light in certain particle interactions.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    The NBA gildings thing really confused me when I first encountered it, then I realized how genius it is. I suppose that the silver/gold/platinum system worked super well, and Reddit decided to...

    The NBA gildings thing really confused me when I first encountered it, then I realized how genius it is. I suppose that the silver/gold/platinum system worked super well, and Reddit decided to push it a little bit more.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Removing love locks from bridges and statues in ~misc

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    Completely agreed. I'm saying that the blame can't really be placed on the tourists themselves, as they are a sort of "unstoppable force" that comes and goes seasonally. Thus the onus is on the...

    Completely agreed. I'm saying that the blame can't really be placed on the tourists themselves, as they are a sort of "unstoppable force" that comes and goes seasonally. Thus the onus is on the government to make sure that the locals get as little exposure to the effects of tourism as possible.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Removing love locks from bridges and statues in ~misc

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    I used it as an example to paint a picture of what type of people they might be. The act itself is definitely fine, I don't imagine that there's anyone who doesn't take pictures of popular places...

    I used it as an example to paint a picture of what type of people they might be. The act itself is definitely fine, I don't imagine that there's anyone who doesn't take pictures of popular places they visit.

  14. Comment on Removing love locks from bridges and statues in ~misc

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    Tourists are inherently self-centered, disrespectful, and destructive. For every 1 person who comes to appreciate the culture and scenery, there are 10 others who come to take pictures of popular...

    Tourists are inherently self-centered, disrespectful, and destructive. For every 1 person who comes to appreciate the culture and scenery, there are 10 others who come to take pictures of popular places. There's not much that can be done about it, and many countries just accept it as a fact of life, because at the end of the day tourists bring in a tremendous amount of money. Therefore I think that it is the government's duty to try and curb any type of destructive behavior. For starters, any kiosk or tourist shop should be banned from selling these type of locks. If tourists want to get their locks, they can go to the general store, which will be much farther from the tourist spots.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Release of '13 Reasons Why' associated with increase in youth suicide rates in ~tv

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    The results may be inconclusive, but a near 30% increase is still significant enough to warrant opening a dialogue about the subject imo. I personally think that the influence of media on youth...

    While compelling, this research had several limitations. For example, the study used a quasi-experimental design, meaning that the researchers cannot make a causal link between the release of “13 Reasons Why” and the observed changes in suicide rates. The researchers cannot, therefore, rule out the possibility that unmeasured events or factors influenced suicide rates during this period.

    The results may be inconclusive, but a near 30% increase is still significant enough to warrant opening a dialogue about the subject imo.
    I personally think that the influence of media on youth will be a major subject of discussion in the upcoming decades.

    While a change in lifestyle is partly to blame, I think that the huge increase of depression and suicide rates among teenagers in the last decade can be attributed to the "romanticization" of depression and suicide in the media, especially in TV shows, movies and animes. There are so many brooding, depressed, and alienated characters in movies and shows that are depicted as tragic heroes, often with a justified cause. Teenagers who are naturally going through a phase of self-discovery and identity crisis latch onto these types of characters, as they themselves feel lost in the world without guidance or meaning.

    There's also the case of painting suicide as significant, dramatic, and almost "beautiful" in media. There are countless scenes showing the protagonist going through their suicide while emotional music is playing, almost suggesting that the character gains more importance by the sole fact of taking their own life. I think that this is why many teenagers often post online sentiments such as "They'll miss me when I'm gone". Basically teenagers feeling that they have no significance in life will resolve the problem by committing suicide. Atleast that's how I interpret it.

    Social media and internet groups are also a great contributor. There is no shortage of forums and message boards filled with depressed people, reaffirming each other's warped beliefs, and dragging each other lower and lower into a bottomless pit.

    Fortunately for most teenagers, this phase ends as they start gaining more control over themselves and their environment, while also gaining more responsibilities. But with more advancements in technology, there is more room for teenagers to sulk by themselves in isolation, tailoring the information that they get, instead of going out and being forced to experience the different perspectives and world views of the people around them.

    I'd like to note that this is only my take on the subject, it is not really informed by scientific evidence. I'm also not talking about those who are clinically/medically depressed, as that is a completely different subject.

    7 votes