21st Century Digital Dilemma

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21st Century Digital Dilemma

A websurfers guide to the internet: Level amateur.


Hi 21st century sentient being, greetings from the other side of the cyberspace, how have you been? You've been checking out the specs of that latest laptop model you want to get your hands on haven't you? or that sleek new phone that your friend has bought with his pocket money! Are you tired of this world and its practises and want to be a billionaire and retire to a nice place of your own, like that of the cool guy who eventually ends up being killed by his own robot in the movie "Ex-machina", what! You haven't seen that movie yet? I would recommend that you do so immediately. If you can invest a little time and patience that is (I heard people are running low on those of lately). Anyway this article isn't about any movie (it's about all of them you see.) or a book, or a poem, or the best football team in the world, this article is about everything and nothing at the same time, (like Schrödinger's cat).

If you have made it this far, I will let you in on a secret, this article is about a funny experiment by a group of boys to see if their fellow members of society will make them rich by spending time on their website to read pretentious content and viewing ads while engaging themselves in critical thought about whether should they sign up for the weekly newsletter or not!! Just kidding, this article truly, sincerely is about how we spend a very significant portion of our daily time online, teenagers mostly spend about 16-27 hours online per week, in this overabundant world of information we are being constantly bombarded with updates by the minutes, if not in seconds, now the question is do we really need to know how many of our friends are feeling happy that such and such team has won the IPL or how many of our colleagues are going to the latest consumer expo(where they will just act cool and take a selfie, grab a free drink and return home)? Do we judiciously spend the most valuable thing, i.e., time through our daily activities? While there are indeed very useful sites and resources available online rather free of charge, most of us, (my humble and narcissist self included) choose easy entertainment over critical thought invoking content.

I will just assume that most of you who are reading this will agree that we indeed are very lucky that we are not in Syria in the present moment, or that we aren't black African Muslims in the newly trump led America, or because of the simple fact that we were born in a family with enough means to educate us! We here at out of the syllabus.com believe that although we cannot directly do anything about all these issues of the world, we might try and be aware of things and situations around us, and eventually work our way up the socio-economic food chain to bring about real change. The dilemma kicks in at this precise point, we want change to occur but before gigantic odds of successful transition of thought into action, we get busy chasing menial jobs for a convenient but boring existence, although some would correctly agree that this process of living life is functional because we can't all be cosmonauts or race car drivers, (the joker is my personal choice of being) we can although be aware and educated for change to occur through us working as catalysts to bring about the fall of the evils of modern day inequalities, here's a quote to attest to that fact "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
All squabbling aside, here are some links to digital nirvana, which might or might not result in ending social injustice but will surely keep you entertained and informed and humble (fingers crossed), here we go:

The School of Life
Blank on Blank
Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell
bill wurtz
Ted Education
100,000 Stars
Here Is Today
If The Moon were only 1 pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system
Jheronimus Bosch - the Garden of Earthly Delights
Madeon's Adventure Machine
The Faces of Facebook
The Verge

These websites are only a few among many tolerable sites that won't suck out your energy and IQ but rather contribute to whatever you already have collected in the space between your ears, the time has come to end your incessant clicking and typing and other compulsive habits and to do some real learning {if you aren't a dolt who sticks only to his (or hers) academic textbooks in this day and age}, drop the otherwise useless social media hunting for hours at end and get going, remember that "the secret of getting ahead is getting started" , have a happy web experience folks.