TLP: Maybe Rural Broadband Expansion Isn't Such a Good Idea After All
Apparently, rednecks, hillbillies and other rural and small-town Americans can't be trusted with the Internet. Makes them go all "Deliverance" on each other.
Who better to delve into this milieu than the NYT?
In rural America, where an older, poorer and more remote population has lagged the rest of the country in embracing the Internet, the growing use of social media is raising familiar concerns about bullying and privacy. But in small towns there are complications.And that's what the Web is perfect for. Maybe it's less awkward when the people you talk shit about aren't in line with you at the grocery store, but, as they say on the Internet, "whatevs."
The same Web sites created as places for candid talk about local news and politics are also hubs of unsubstantiated gossip, stirring widespread resentment in communities where ties run deep, memories run long and anonymity is something of a novel concept.
A generation ago, even after technology had advanced, many rural residents clung to the party line telephone systems that allowed neighbors to listen in on one another’s conversations. Now they are gravitating toward open community forums online, said Christian Sandvig, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Something about rural culture seems to make people want to have conversations in public,” said Mr. Sandvig, who has studied the use of social media sites in rural areas.
What's unacceptable is the kind of language people use. Not profanity; fuck that. It's the accumulated fail of grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization and other things that even a lazy descendant of hillbillies like me can't tolerate.
The NYT couldn't resist telling us that it saw what they did there.
FROM PARAGOULD, ARK. (POPULATION 26,113)
“i think when these girls have one child ok maybe an accident. but when it gets to two of them. i think the law should be pasted that they have to get fixed so there isn’t a third child. sorry just my thought.
FROM LONDON, KY. (POPULATION 7,993)
“does anyone know anything about him, i know that a close family member of mine has been hanging out over there a lot with her child, and i was just wanting to know what kind of guy he is and if its a safe place for them, she has had a drug problem in the past and i am just concerned about the childs safety i have heard a lot of bad things about him and that place, just wondering if it was true ...”
FROM ALTON, MO. (POPULATION 871)
“You people are horrible and hurtful. I bet you don’t have any room to talk about others. Take a good look at your self BEAUTY QUEEN I bet your not that great yourself.”
And neither are you.