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    The Elders of the Internet apologize for social media, offer the Trump Filter

    ‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it
    by Simon Sharwood, The Register
    July 17, 2018

    A new Internet Engineering Task Force draft proposes to apologise for social media.

    Issued on Monday July 16th, the draft titled “Social Media (An Apology)” is signed by “The Elders of the Internet” and opens by noting “Recently, you may have noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of opprobrium, outrage, hate speech and overall bile on your favorite social media channel.”

    “The Elders of the Internet apologize unreservedly for this disruption.”

    The group say they’ve recently been focusing on security standards and therefore “were caught unawares when the Internet became the sink for every poorly-considered argument, paranoid thought when you wake up in the dead of night, and shrieking nutjob you'd usually cross the street to avoid.” They blame social media for amplifying arguments, reducing productivity and even making it hard to breathe.

    And then they apologise for their lack of foresight and not having done something to stop the current state of affairs, as follows:

    In retrospect, we should have known; USENET was a pretty clear warning. We will do better.

    Happily, the draft proposes a fix. The Elders suggest that adopting a meme-only diet could be useful, as memes are “a time-proven way to express disdain, mocking and other sentiments while maintaining an air of light humor. They can therefore be helpful in a transition away from full-throated, deeply-felt outrage.”

    “In other words, they’re the methadone of the internet.”

    There’s also a call for net-users to adopt blocklists to avoid “undesirable content, and responsible social networks.”

    “Recommending a specific blocklist is out of scope for this document, but we suggest starting with "Trump" and working outwards from there” the draft states.

    The draft is, of course, all in good fun. “Elders of the Internet” was a term used by The IT Crowd in the episode that famously packed the internet into a box (and claimed “The Hawk” – aka Stephen Hawking” as a member).



    The Elders are clearly aware of that gag as the draft says a fond farewell to Hawking.

    The Elders have, however, outed themselves as reachable at either “the usual IPv6 address” or internet-elders@hotmail.com if you’d like to apply for membership.

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    Re: The Elders of the Internet apologize for social media, offer the Trump Filter

    A Trump filter would be good but then again we’d mever know what stupid brain fart he will come out with next.
    just when you think he’s come up with the ultimate idiotic comment... he manages to unsurprisingly come up with something even dumber.

    Was hilarious watching him and Poutin doing the press conference. After 30 seconds of Poutin talking you could tell “The Donald” was lost in space like a little kid probably thinking when’s this guy going to shut up so I can read my cue cards. Then the fun starts when he goes off script to answer questions.

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    Re: The Elders of the Internet apologize for social media, offer the Trump Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    The Elders have, however, outed themselves as reachable at either “the usual IPv6 address” or internet-elders@hotmail.com if you’d like to apply for membership.
    Did you apply for membership, @GaryQ?

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    Re: The Elders of the Internet apologize for social media, offer the Trump Filter

    No did you David? Lol

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    The Elders of the Internet apologize for social media, offer the Trump Filter

    Well I sent an email to the address in the email asking for information on how to join, yes.

    I'll let you know if it bounces... or if they answer.

    I mean, to quote Chris O'Dowd from The IT Crowd, "Well... if it's okay with The Hawk..."

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    Re: The Elders of the Internet apologize for social media, offer the Trump Filter

    Yes, definitely let us know. I tried the inexistant IPv6 but my ISP doesn’t support IPv6 inexistant addressed (or even existing ones)

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