zaterdag 15 april 2017

Ways in which people are stupid: they only think from their own personal viewpoint

One of the ways I think people can be too shortsighted, is that they can only think from their own personal viewpoint. They can’t view concepts in an abstract way.
I’ll give two examples. They're both about relationships and they're both on the internet. Those being the context is rather unsurprising, because: 1. people aren't taught in school that relationships can be viewed in an abstract way, 2. people often write down their first reaction on the internet (we've moved past the internet expression tl;dr (too long; didn't read); you now just assume half the reactions on an article, and often the most popular ones, are from people that just didn't read it) and 3. I personally enjoy thinking about psychology and relations, so I'm a more advanced than most. 
The first time I came to my realization, was while reading the IMDB forum on The Sopranos. I of course knew the IMDB forums were terribly stupid to begin with, but I was still struck by all these users saying how much they hated these whinos Meadow and Anthony, Tony and Carmela Soprano's kids. To me The Sopranos was a great work of art, from which I could learn a lot about the human condition. The kids reactions to things happening were interesting to me, from a psychological viewpoint and I could empathize with them, because they were growing up in a dysfunctional family.
I hardly felt like explaining this on these forums, though. Because I realized I would be talking to kids, literally. Kids who hated Meadow and Anthony (and not the numerous psychopathic characters on the show), because they could only relate to the show imagining the kids shown as their own brother or sister. 
The most recent moment I came back to my realization was just now, reading reactions to this video on several Reddit subforums (for instance; I use this plugin to see all Reddit comments on a YouTube video). I imagine people get defensive to the video, because they think it's an attack on their own person. They can't view it as just an interesting psychological concept that possibly has some merit.

zondag 9 april 2017

Ook klimaatstrijders hebben emoties/Climate warriors have emotions also

(English below) Vorige week hadden we klimaatweekend: het trainingsweekend van de Nederlandse Klimaatbeweging. We leerden hoe we beter actie kunnen voeren en kregen uitleg over technische en politieke achtergronden.

Maar ook ging het weekend over wat klimaatverandering en daar tegen vechten met ons dรณet.

Ik maakte korte video'tjes van negen van de deelnemers aan het weekend. In deze twee van zaterdagmiddag gaan twee klimaatstrijders, Maarten en Maria, hun emoties niet uit de weg. Bedankt aan allebei voor het delen ๐Ÿ˜Š


Last week we had climate weekend: a weekend of training by the Dutch Climate Movement. We learnt to do better protest and we got some background on technical and political stuff.

But the weekend was also about what climate change and the fight against it *does* to us.

I made short videos of nine of the participants of the weekend. In these two from Saturday afternoon two climate warriors, Maarten and Maria, are not afraid to face their emotions. Thanks to both for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š

Maarten:


Maria: