I can't keep it in. I just can't. I see all this stupidity online and it drives me crazy. I often wonder if we're getting dumber because of technology or are we seeing more of it because of technology and I think it's a combination of the two. Anyone who has been following this blog knows how I feel about the to, two, too thing, there, their, and they're and my biggest pet peeve - your and you're. It makes my skin crawl every time I see some use your in place of you're. Some of my closest friends do it and it drives me bonkers. You're is YOU ARE. It's two goddamn words. How can you not know the difference?
The online stupidity is not relegated to the grammatically inept. Oh no. Every kind of ignoramus has found a voice online. The one that inspired this tirade had to do with geographical directions. Someone, on Facebook, referenced a story that was brewing and commented on is direction. Dopey outlined her hopes that the storm wouldn't hit where she lived - which was the opposite direction of where it was just said to be headed. She immediately got called out by original poster and rather than admitting she's a moron without an iota of common sense, she got defensive. As if she SHOULDN'T know.
Here's the funny part. She claimed that she didn't have mountains around her like in her home town to use a point of reference. Guess where she lives? On the Gulf Coast in Florida. Well let's see. There's a fuck-ton of water near you. My bet is that it's not a lake. It's the Gulf of Mexico. So... could that be North or South? Bingo was his name. You have a reference point.
How about the fact that outside of areas like NYC, almost all roads have directions. Interstate 10 only goes East or West, just like Hwy 98 in Florida. You use these terms constantly. If you don't know then you're a moron, plain and simple. You have every right to be a moron. What you do not have the right to be, however, is indignant about your stupidity. It's as if you earned the right to be stupid and you defend it so vehemently. You're proud of sounding incapable of passing the first grade.
This goes on all day. I understand not everyone is going to change the world. I know that nobody is perfect. The world needs ditch diggers as much as it needs visionaries. I get all that. I refuse to relinquish my feelings that adults who are capable of driving, voting and, most importantly, breeding should be able to complete an elementary school level exam. I will not surrender that belief no matter what. Maybe it makes me harsh. Maybe it makes me an arrogant asshole. I don't know, but that's it.
We are dumber than ever and we're more obvious about it. Schools lack... something... I have no idea what, but students aren't getting the information or it's not being reinforced. The Internet breeds laziness. There are tons of free dictionaries out there. Use them. If you can't spell antidisestablishmentarianism, you're forgiven. If you can't tell the difference between your and you're, then YOU'RE a moron.
It's that simple. Pick up a book, read a newspaper, pay attention. Do something to sound less stupid. For crying out loud, we had a show called "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?" because everyone knew enough contestants were not.
This is embarrassing. I'm moving to Bolivia.