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Audiobooks are dangerous

Jake Thoughts19 Feb 2021 21:42:31 -0500

They won't stab you, true, but they also won't encourage you to think. These days when people are 'bored' they open their phone, but you can't do that while driving. So, here comes a solution: a book reader that talks to you while you drive, now you can't be 'bored'. Perfect solution! That is if, you are a NPC.

This is what NPCs do: "Oh noooooo, that sucks! I'm alone with my thoughts! Normally I'd be watching TV (for HOURS WITHOUT A BREAK) or scroooolling on my phone but now I'm driving! Now I have to be alone with my thoughts!! Oh noooooooooooooo! Oh wait! I don't have to think thoughts, I can just listen to the voice of God audiobook, so now I won't ever gain an internal monologue! Yes!"

Obviously, since NPCs don't think, the last paragraph couldn't happen: they feel and use their brain's logic powers to help them express their feelings. Their feelings can be complex and have many interacting components which their brain typically is able to handle. In the case of an audiobook, it is simple: "I'm bored. Audiobook relieves boredom. I listen."

Audiobooks prevent the NPC from forming his own thoughts because the audiobook occupies the NPC's mind with what the speaker is saying. Likewise, the TV and the phone prevent the NPC from thinking as well since they are preoccupied with the activity. Being bored inspires you. It causes you to do something to relieve it, ideally thinking about anything. This is why audiobooks are dangerous. And the TV and the phone. I am probably barking up the wrong tree here. Obviously, audiobooks can be useful, but do not use them to relieve boredom. Also, obviously, this rule is not black and white. The blind for instance might as well ignore it, maybe. In all the years of my life I have never seen a braille book, so I will just assume they are extremely rare.

Since I brushed the topic of NPC and seeing that I am not an NPC (probably), it might be beneficial to explain the 'other side'. This is my thought process: I have an idea, I have a feeling about the idea, I express/explore the idea the best way I can (usually to myself), I have a feeling about the way I expressed/explored my idea (can it be 'better'?, etc), I reevaluate the way I feel about the idea when expressed/explored, and regardless of the result I ask myself "do I agree with this idea and the way I expressed it?" As you can see, I am not an NPC. Seriously, what NPC would accidentally express his feelings of his insecurity about being a NPC by using the logical part of his brain to express how he is NOT an NPC? Definitely not me... :^)

Ah, but if he actually has enough self-awareness to realize someone might 'read-in-between-the-lines', he might just make a joke which would cause the attack (at least from that angle) to be less effective while at the same time stroking the ego of 'not-NPCs' (NPCs who believe they are not NPCs and their identity revolves around the fact 'they are not NPCs') who 'realize' the 'joke' is about him being a NPC because he is scared of confronting the fact that he might be one and does not want to question it or go down that line of thought which would ironically be a starting point in becoming a real human being. Truly, he is a smart man if he does that! By the way, totally unrelated, not sure if you can tell, but my IQ is at least 3 (three) digits.

Ah, AH! But if he actually has enough self-awareness to realize someone might 'read-in-between-the-lines-IN-BETWEEN-THE-LINES' then... no, no, he's just a NPC, so that wouldn't happen.

The Socratic method is how I found out some people in my life probably haven't had an original thought before and act primarily on semi-controlled emotion. I am not saying that it is bad to be an NPC. If they are good people and the emotions they possess causes them to be altruistic of sorts then maybe they are better than 'not-NPCs' and genuine people. Asking pointed questions to myself reveals things to me, which sort of requires extreme honesty which NPCs are incapable of possessing.


I should have mentioned this earlier: I now have a new secure GPG key, if you care about that sort of thing. I have made my website slightly more accessible for the blind/hard-of-sight/people who use screen readers. I am aware that my comment form need some improvements. I am toying with the idea of adding an 'audioblog' file along with each blog post so that people can listen rather than read.

Other thoughts

Jake on 2021-02-20,03:09:47 said:

>be me >write an opinion piece >50% of it is not on topic >👌

Adolf Hitler on 2021-03-16,16:49:13 said:

yeah i agree

Funnyboi on 2021-09-26,18:56:02 said:

I listen to the audio book while I read the book.

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Jake on 2022-01-29,08:55:15 said:

rude :'(

ds on 2022-02-17,19:02:21 said:

rude bro

Sentinel on 2022-03-08,16:16:19 said:

I'll treat this as if the post isn't satirical. Audiobooks are a form of entertainment, books are a form of entertainment. There are shitty books as there are shitty forms of entertainment. Arguing against entertainment to larp as some ascetic monk (whilst having a webpage detailed to hell with a bunch of unnecessary shit) is shallow, and shows you haven't thought enough in your life to become bored of it. When you think and rethink and critically think for long enough, you'll eventually find that it gets boring. It feels weird to describe "thinking" as an activity, but when you do it at a certain level it becomes one (hereinafter termed "actively thinking"). I've been actively thinking my entire damn life, well before some people on the internet told me to do it (before I used the internet extensively, even); it might haev to do with genetics, but that's irrelevant and only stated for displaying authenticity. Your post makes it sound like you've recently started actively thinking for yourself, based on your overtly negative perception of people who don't as much as you do. You also deem yourself "not an NPC", but given that you are conscious of the fact that the NPC meme is a thing, that you've admitted to watching Like Smith, and that you act like a generic teenager with a boner for HTML and 4chan, you are barely above the people who'll only ever follow instructions and reccomendations their entire lives. Who knows if people get above that? I've never seen it happen, but I'm not on the lookout either. You've got a nice website, but you aren't special for it. You're still a part of a crowd that would be with everyone else you look down on had you not found a certain YouTuber or a certain website.

Jake on 2022-03-08,17:47:51 said:

Ok, I doubt you'll return to read this but here goes: The reason I argue against audio books is because certain individuals I know don't stop to reflect on life at all, motivated by short term endeavors. I'd wish they do something other than just consume, maybe even painting it's not hard. Probably. It is highly likely - in fact basically guaranteed at one point I would've stopped to make a website on my own anyway, since I had a 'nice website' starting first from neocities (as most do) then actually buying a domain name after Luke Smith more or less said 'just do it' (I forget the exact wording). The word combo 'Luke Smith' seems to short circuit you all - a trigger that automatically solicit negative emotions (perhaps rightfully so, but this means that I can control your emotion just by writing 'Luke Smith'). HTML is good and JavaScript is ok; when done correctly as I demonstrate on one of the tests. I don't have a boner for 4chan and I've literally never posted on it once. I don't look down on anyone for not having a website, and try to encourage people to make one themselves. >you are barely above the people who'll only ever follow instructions and reccomendations their entire lives. If you say so. Share more criticisms of my website, please?

Sentinel on 2022-03-08,19:08:58 said:

"The reason I argue against audio books is because certain individuals I know don't stop to reflect on life at all" How are those related at all? Seriously, please tell me how having a book dictated to you a sign of not having any active thoughts. Would you rather people drive in complete silence when they don't feel like it? Is that a sign of the (real) intelligentsia to you? "The word combo 'Luke Smith' seems to short circuit you all - a trigger that automatically solicit negative emotions (perhaps rightfully so, but this means that I can control your emotion just by writing 'Luke Smith')" Very eloquent, you type like all the other sniveling kids on 4channel these days trying to sound like le oldfeg. You know there's a reason we find your crowd insufferable, right? Or have you not thought about that one? (Hint: Parroting) "I don't have a boner for 4chan and I've literally never posted on it once." Immediately followed by ">" quoting. Not to mention the numerous 4chan references you make in future blogposts. If you're going to lie, you shouldn't make it so obvious. "If you say so" I say so because there are webrings full of websites exactly like this from kids who came from neocities after they decided they all wanted to be different in the same way at the same time. You all have the same opinions about technology and society, spout the same hashed out "memes", and effectively change nothing. This whole post reeks of empty superiority. Your website is a nice guide for babby's first time outside of youtube, but you act like a chode.

Jake on 2022-03-08,20:03:21 said:

>Seriously, please tell me how having a book dictated to you a sign of not having any active thoughts. I am sure that people can have active thoughts despite listening to audio books. >Would you rather people drive in complete silence when they don't feel like it? Yes. >Is that a sign of the (real) intelligentsia to you? No; silence would encourage active thoughts. Day-dreaming perhaps but something at least. Day-dreaming while driving is no good of course, I am not saying to day-dream while driving, one must pay attention to the road. >Very eloquent, ... Was I wrong? >Immediately followed by ">" quoting. I use ">" because it is understandable what it means and is used in a lot of places; chans, fedi, email. Hm, but I suppose modern email clients hide the ">". I seldom lurk 4chan and often encounter 4chan culture, doesn't mean that post on 4chan. Sometimes I find the memes humorous. >Your website is a nice guide for babby's first time outside of youtube, Thanks >but you act like a chode. Perhaps you're right.

Jake on 2022-03-08,20:12:37 said:

I've resolved to 'de-chode' my posts because I think you are right. Thank you for letting me know about these character flaws of mine


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