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Does the Internet Make Us Stupid or Does It Expose Our Stupidity?

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Salman Rushdie Meets Dracula

Twitter has made it no secret that most celebrities are dumb. Your favorite actor can play a rocket scientist but once he gets on Twitter and starts ranting about chemtrails he sounds exactly like your Crazy Uncle Frank because he really is no different than your Crazy Uncle Frank. He just has more money.

Being able to Tweet anything they’re thinking has empowered celebrities to expose their stupidity and destroy any myths we might have believed about their intelligence.

But it’s not just celebrities. Give anyone access to Twitter and they’ll act exactly like a guy debating whether Miley Cyrus is a whore on a YouTube remix of her video.

Anyone? Yes anyone. Take a look at Salman Rushdie jumping into the gun control debate after the shootings.

If you didn’t just get internet access yesterday,  you’ve seen this kind of debate happen 50,000 times. You just didn’t see it with an internationally acclaimed literary figure.

First make a joke that you think is clever in your head, but is actually kind of flippant and inappropriate, and not clever at all.

Then get defensive about it and pretend that you’re too smart to have said what you did say.

Then admit that you did say it, but it was justified because the issue was so important.

Finally leave in a snit while insisting that you’re the bigger person.

This isn’t about gun control. It’s about the internet and what happens when we get an open pipeline to type anything we’re thinking into our phone.

Forget all the studies, the internet doesn’t make us stupid. It shows everyone how stupid we were all along.

We’ve all acted like Salman Rushdie sometimes. Or actually Salman Rushdie acts like us. The internet tears away the illusion that famous people, no matter how smart they’re supposed to be, are any better than we are. We’re all the same when we get a Twitter account and under all the awards, the fame and the IQ points, we all end up sounding like idiots.

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