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I believe there are many misconceptions of the Internet. I would like to clarify these misconceptions in this post. Here they are.

Myth 1: You can learn everything on the Internet.

Fact: You cannot learn everything on the Internet, contrary to many peoples' opinions. There is just too much biased nonsense online that even if you can learn about just about any subject, most of the stuff you will be learning will be biased nonsense. If you want to learn about academic subjects (as in subjects they teach you in school) online, such as political science, psychology, economics, biology, computer science, and etc online, you will be sorely disappointed because all you will end up learning is biased nonsense. In order to truly become an expert at any academic discipline (such as psychology, political science, computer science and biology), you need to study the subject in a university. The only exceptions to this rule would be miscellaneous subjects such as anime and video games, which you can become an expert at just by learning about these subjects on the Internet.

Pretty much 99% of the Internet is just crazy conspiracy theories. There is very little real facts on the Internet. 99% of the Internet is just pure nonsense. Only 1% of the Internet is real facts. If you want an education, go to school, read a book or watch some TV. At least, these sources of information are required to give you real facts because they are subject to quality control. Whereas there is no quality control for the information you receive online, which is why most of the time the "information" you see online is TRASH.

Myth 2: The only use for the Internet is just porn

Fact: The Internet is also used by insane conspiracy theorists to spread their nonsensical conspiracy theories. Yes, there is a lot of porn online, but I believe the Internet has just as much insane conspiracy theories as there is porn.

Myth 3: The Internet is better than IRL for making friends

Fact: The Internet is not better than IRL for making friends. While it is possible to make friends online, making friends IRL is better than on the Internet.

Myth 4: People, who are cyberbullied, are cyberbullied for no reason

Fact: While nobody deserves to be cyberbullied, people, who are cyberbullied, are cyberbullied for a reason. They are cyberbullied because they are attention whores, who crave too much attention, most of the time. Don't be an attention whore, and naturally the trolls (aka cyberbullies) will not attack you en masse. If you are being cyberbullied or trolled, just ignore the troll. Remember the old saying: DON'T FEED THE TROLL.

Myth 5: You can find child porn on Google.

Fact: It is near impossible to find child porn on Google. The only place where you can find child porn is on the Darknets or deep webs such as Tor, i2p and Freenet. Thankfully, Google quickly removes any child porn that is posted on their search engine. However, accessing the deep webs (which contain child porn) can be done by Google. But you cannot find child porn from Google search results. You need to download Tor, i2p and Freenet to find child porn. Ok, I'm not suggesting you should do this (unless you are a mentally ill person), but I'm just clearing another myth of the Internet.

Do you have any other myths about the Internet? I would like you to suggest more myths about the Internet.
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Myth number x:there are no women on the internet.Used as joke sentence.
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Myth 6: Rule 34

Fact: Yes there is rule 34 of basically everything but maybe around %0.5 is not affected by this rule. Search hard enough in the deep abyss of the internets and there won't be rule 34 for something. Anything at all.
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It can substitute a real life.

It cannot.

Go outside and play, everyone.
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Myth 4s Fact is a pile of bullshit. People DO get bullied for no reason. People will get bullied because the bully has taken exception to something that person has done within their vicinity, and they will then go on a vindictive assault on said person. Wether it be verbal or non-verbal.

Source: My own life experience.
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Wow the entire first myth is BS. I know plenty of people who taught themselves programming and other subjects without going to uni. If anything America's marxists universities are filled with biased nonsense.
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Myth: You can find anyone or anything on the internet.
Reality: Try finding someone who never had a computer or a mom and pop vegetable stand on the internet. Good luck to ya.
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personally, I've found better friends online (here on CR especially and in MMORPG), than in real life :-/ but that's just me.
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neugenx wrote:

Myth: You can find anyone or anything on the internet.
Reality: Try finding someone who never had a computer or a mom and pop vegetable stand on the internet. Good luck to ya.


I'm sure thre are AIs on the webs.

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The internet is just like any other venue that involves people nothing general applies.
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I can learn from the internet as a colleague student most topics can only be expanded by internet result from discussion or academic researched on the topics since colleague topics are more elaborated that stand ones such example, you would find an anti trust law discussion even if you wanted in your colleague, you have to go to the specific matter on the internet. Example this discussion right now would not happen In a colleague class not even if we wanted.

Internet is just for porn summary, No, it is know as the only modem reliable source of that content since back in the no internet era people to find porn have to look for magazines, or big VHS tapes and hide them under the bed, now at days it easies for individuals to hide and seek porn, you just cant go to a library or blockbuster to find porn anymore.

Internet is better to find people that IRL, summary no, none of my digital friend have lend me money or phone calls.

For cyberbullying please refer to 4chan cleavage girl case for further information

You can find child porn on Google, nope. The onion for illegal content

Internet culture put people to repeat retard thing suck as Internet Explorer sucks, there is no women on the internet, hail the cat and ect. personally when I see that culture in real life, I can only laugh to myself.
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Myth 1: Of course you can't learn everything on the internet. You can only learn most things within the purview of human knowledge. The internet's the largest forum we have to work with, bar none. With so many different sources to glean information from, it's immensely unfair to argue that the internet is biased by nature. If anything, it's eminently unbiased, due to the very fact that there's no quality control. What is quality control if not bias towards the most historically successful content? Learning something entirely from a university means that your progress is overseen by a body of professors, whose livelihoods are based largely on their work's continued relevance. Professors are not objective: they aim to pass on their own material first and foremost so that it can be further built on - and that's not a problem, because that's the way learning works. Nobody is going to be able to give you an entirely objective lesson - knowledge itself is full of subjectivity, full of ideas that cannot be expressed in any way except subjectively. Bias is a simple and intrinsic part of teaching and learning that enriches the knowledge we attain with context and significance, at the risk of sabotaging those who only like to look at one side of something. Bias isn't the problem, the problem is the belief that a single source is capable of giving you the entire picture.

Any given piece of knowledge you get from the internet, I would guess, is roughly as biased as a piece of knowledge you would get elsewhere, but as the internet allows you to cast such a wide net, it is arguably the most unbiased source available, because it's so easy to find conflicting viewpoints on any given topic and weigh them against one another for a more intricate understanding of the subject you're learning about. But in the first place, why would you limit yourself to a single medium at all? There's no need to pit the internet against the academic world when the fact of the matter is that you could just use both, and any other means available to you, and end up with a better knowledge base in doing so.

Myth 3: That depends on what you're looking for. Not all friendships are the same, and who's to say that an online friendship is of any less value than an offline one? I've had friends that I've never met in person who I appreciated just as much as the ones I have away from the computer. The filter that the internet provides can allow you to express a side of yourself that isn't as visible in your day-to-day life. Speaking for myself, as an introvert, I considered my online behaviour to be much more indicative to the "core" of my personality for a long time, as I had (and still have) a fair degree of trouble expressing my thoughts coherently in real time, and am just not comfortable being the center of attention. While I've since realized that there's no reason to consider the aspects of my personality displayed online as "truer" than those displayed in person, the fact remains that it is far easier to express those aspects online, and the people whom I'd be apt to make friendships with online are probably not the people whom I'd normally make friendships with offline, because I don't give people the same impression. As with the first issue you've tackled, my stance is that it's not particularly useful to pit the internet against its alternatives in this way, when it's perfectly viable to just get the best of both worlds. Online and offline are not irreconcilable concepts. Opposite doesn't mean exclusive.

Myth 4: While I do agree with you to some degree here, I don't by any means see it as a solution to the problem of cyber-bullying. Yes, "don't pay attention to trolls" is generally good advice for someone who has been bullied in this way, but in the end, the people at fault are the bullies, not the victim. While there are plenty of cases of people exacerbating these situations by acting in the way that these trolls want, the problem is that the trolls are motivated and egged on by this behaviour. Being self-absorbed is pretty asinine, but looking for satisfaction in other people's distress is borderline disturbed. It's by far easier and more effective in any particular cyber-bullying situation for the victim to be the one to change their behaviour, but that doesn't make it right, and arguing that this is a good solution to the problem as a whole does nothing to reduce the frequency with which it happens in the first place, as the trolls are given no reason or incentive to act civilly. Just because there's a way to deal with a problem doesn't mean that we should stop looking for a better way.

As for myths I'd suggest myself, mainly this:

Myth: The internet is not real life.

Fact: The internet is part of your real life if you choose to use it. It's not as if sitting at a computer actually transports you to some incorporeal world apart from reality. The simple physical fact is that you're sitting at a computer, and the screen in front of you is allowing you to access information to which you can react. There's no separation, just a natural activity (concentration) aided by technology. Yes, you eschew other activities in that moment in favor of that one, but the converse is also true. Spending all your time on a computer means you have no time for other things. So does spending all your time being active, or spending all your time socializing, or spending all your time working. Whatever you do, you're not doing something else, but those who like to use the internet seem uniquely ostracized for this, particularly with the flawed logic that doing it at all means you never do anything else, which is just ridiculous. It's your prerogative which activities you favor, and detractors of any given activity are usually those who don't find it appealing in the first place. Disparaging those who lead a different lifestyle from oneself is just an ego-boosting maneuver, and there are far more constructive ways to achieve the same psychological result.
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DesuMaiden wrote:Myth 4: People, who are cyberbullied, are cyberbullied for no reason

Fact: While nobody deserves to be cyberbullied, people, who are cyberbullied, are cyberbullied for a reason. They are cyberbullied because they are attention whores, who crave too much attention, most of the time. Don't be an attention whore, and naturally the trolls (aka cyberbullies) will not attack you en masse. If you are being cyberbullied or trolled, just ignore the troll. Remember the old saying: DON'T FEED THE TROLL.

Do you have any other myths about the Internet? I would like you to suggest more myths about the Internet.


I'm sure you would, but this would cause some basic contradictions.

Myth 6 (used by studios): If a movie does poorly in theaters, it's because of all those PIRATES DOWNLOADING IT FOR FREE OFF OF PIRATEBAY!

(Because every average Internet user on the street still uses BitTorrent, has never heard of viruses, trusts homemade pop-up-laden web pages implicitly, knows where to find every illegal-torrent site on the backwaters of the Net, has a high-enough speed connection to download a 6-8G file over lunch, doesn't mind watching fuzzy secondhand-audio theater-shot movies where audience silhouettes walk in front of the camera like a Tex Avery cartoon, and can't wait two weeks to pre-order the Blu/digital from the legitimate studio anyway.)
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BlackStarLine wrote:
because the bully has taken exception to something that person has done within their vicinity


While not a great one... that is a reason.
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On the whole cyber bullying thing that's bullshit. Saying people deserve harassment for "attention whoring" is just fucking stupid.
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