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Offline Peter J

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Forums and Patch Adams' "doctors"
« on: July 29, 2015, 03:59:24 PM »
I recently watched Patch Adams (not for the first time, but for the first time in a long time).

There's a speech in it on the topic of humanity and doctors:

The sad fact is, human beings are not worthy of trust...
It is our mission here: to rigorously and ruthlessly train the humanity out of you, and make you into something better. We're gonna make doctors out of you.

- abridged as per standard forum practice, full quote (and video) can be found on the net, e.g. here

I think that scene's pretty cliche, but it is not my purpose to critique it or any other part of the movie.

Rather, I mention it because it made me think of something that has long bothered me about internet discussion forums (IDFs). Not every one of them, of course, but it is striking that, for example, one popular religious IDF tells its participants to strive to be like robots.

(I don't have a specific question, but I know that many of you here have more positive -- or, at least, less negative -- feelings about IDFs than I do, so maybe you can help me out.  8))
- Peter Jericho (a CAF poster)