So I watched a lot of comedy on TikTok and it has…
The algorithms obviously figured out I like comedians and it maybe
is figured out I’m old as well so it thought I would like this
which is a very interesting choice. I was interested in it.
“MZ doesn’t know how to write a check. They don’t know how
to address an envelope. They don’t know how to read cursive.”
So she’s saying what? They don’t know how to write a check.
They don’t know how to read cursive. What was the second one?
It’s a second one on the… “They don’t know how to read a paper map.”
Oh, they don’t know how to read a paper map. Okay. What she’s actually
done is listed off a set of skills that people don’t need anymore.
I was of the age of people who wrote checks. I have not
written a check easily since I was 20 years old. I’m 50.
So in the last 30 years I have not written a check. I am basically of
the generation she’s talking about that is capable of writing a check.
I know how to write a check. I have not done
it. It is a skill that is completely useless.
As far as reading cursive, people put a lot of stock into
that. I don’t actually see the value in writing cursive.
People don’t read cursive anymore because cursive is not relevant.
That’s actually what if you take her underpinning. This comedy is so low bar.
She’s basically listed off a series of skills that
her generation has. The following generation doesn’t.
And then the people in the audience laugh. That actually was a bit that I found funny.
People were laughing at this because I didn’t laugh at
the first part because I didn’t understand what was funny.
That young people can’t read cursive isn’t inherently funny.
Young people need a paper map. Can’t read a paper map. But they do have GPS.
People try to make fun of them for that. I don’t actually see it as a problem
because I took a minute and I made a list of some other things that boomers can’t do.
Let’s actually let her finish her joke and comment on that first.
They can’t get anywhere unless there’s a GPS map
on their phone. All I’m saying is a gentleman.
The irony there though is I bet she can’t use the GPS map on her phone.
So boomers famously are very poor at using technology.
So it’s really hard. I don’t see this as a picture maybe in my brain.
It’s like how can you make fun of someone who is able to use
something and relies on that thing that you cannot even use?
So there’s kind of a weird irony there. The
next sense is if Gen Z takes over the world.
Gen Z takes over the world. It’s going to be pretty easy to get it back.
I don’t see how those things correlate because what are
you going to do to take over the world with cursive?
What skill have you just espoused that is going to help you take over the world?
So the world we live in is technology based. What are you going to write a check?
And that’s going to help you take over the
world. You’re going to write a letter in cursive.
And that’s going to be some like secret script
that the Gen Z isn’t going to be able to read.
And so you can pass your secrets back and forth. But
you can’t do a technology because you can’t use any.
fucking email or anything. Are you going to use
your paper maps to outwit Gen Z that has GPS,
abilities? I mean, this is what I’m saying. The skills you’ve listed are relevant.
Gen Z is going to take over the world probably
mainly because you’re going to die. I mean,
you’re not going to be taking it back because you’re going to be dead.
The audience laughing at this. I didn’t
laugh because to me there was no actual joke.
They’re laughing hard. So this relies on the
audience agreeing with your sentiments having had
this kind of conversation in the first place in
their life. I do like, if you can watch the video,
in the front row there’s a dude. He’s got the American flag shirt on.
The irony there. There’s actually really big irony.
People who wear the American flag have not read
the rules about how you treat the flag. You’re
not supposed to wear the flag as clothing. So like
American flag pants and underwear and bikinis,
American flag shirts, bandanas and stuff.
You’re actually not supposed to do that. That
is technically disrespect them to the flag.
According to America, and that’s the irony. So
I wanted to get some of the better feel for her
comedy routine. I want to let her start from
the beginning, get a feel for her comedy,
and then see if I could maybe replicate the power of this in my own way.
Gen Z doesn’t know how to write a check. They don’t know how to address an envelope.
They don’t know how to read cursive. They don’t know how to read a paper map.
They can’t get anywhere unless there’s a GPS
map on their phone. All I’m saying is that Gen Z
takes over the world. It’s going to be pretty easy to get it back.
Man, they laughed really hard at that. Like way harder than they should. That is.
insane that they found it as funny as they did.
All right, so I went and found some things. So.
boomers can’t be a galley roller. Boomers don’t know how to use a knocker upper.
Boomers don’t even employ caddy butchers
anymore. Boomers don’t know how to use a beam of
test. They can’t operate a lino type machine and
they couldn’t even set bowling pins manually.
I’m just saying if boomers try to take over the
world, it’s going to be pretty easy to take it back.
Just so I what I did as I went and found a
list of jobs that don’t exist anymore. A galley
roller in a large, large ship they used to have
hundreds and maybe even thousands of people
hacked as rowers. They used to row the ship and
then they invented sales. And the sailing ships
were much faster, much more efficient than the
rowing and people didn’t have to die doing it not
as much. I mean people did die in sailing ships
but for totally different reasons. A knocker upper.
takes on very different meaning in modern parlons
but a knocker upper is someone who wakes you up.
So they come to your house, they knock on the door
and you get up and you get up. So a knocker upper.
A knocker upper was replaced by the alarm clock.
A caddy butcher was a very interesting job.
A caddy butcher is someone who is basically a
butcher for horses but because people don’t eat
horses anymore, like they don’t use caddy butchers.
A beam attest is a person who used to count steps
physically to measure distances. That was replaced
by the paper map. So an entire job industry
was replaced by paper maps. Boomers can’t operate
line-on-type machines. That is when you should do
type-setting basically. You have to take the
letters and put them in place and then it’s like a
heat thing. It was replaced by digital technology.
Oh big shock. And they couldn’t even set
bowling pins manually because that actually used
to be someone’s job. They didn’t have a machine
that picked up all the bowling pins and then put
them down. They have a big claw now that picks
them up, puts them in place and puts them down
physically. So the irony there is everything she’s
talked about has replaced some other technology
that was proceeding it. There are a dozen versions
of that joke. They all rely on you saying things
to your audience that your audience always
already agrees with which is not a joke. So first
of all if you have a listicle that’s not a joke.
and then going, “Ooh look at us, aren’t we better?”
I do remember the one of the videos I really enjoyed
and it was they gave a rotary phone to a couple
of teenagers. When they were laughing and laughing
and laughing as the teenagers couldn’t figure out
how to use the phone. And it took about 10 minutes
but then they figured it out. Whereas if you
gave one of these older people a smart phone,
a brand new smart phone and told them to do some
basic settings, I guarantee they wouldn’t be able
to do it. And that’s the difference. You’re talking
about young people not being able to do something
because they’ve never done it before. That doesn’t
mean they can’t do it. It doesn’t mean they
couldn’t figure it out. It doesn’t mean they’re
adaptable because they are. We’ve had some jokes going
around lately. Primarily about language. My coworkers
are old. My friends are old. I’m old. And they are
starting to rip on things. My wife specifically is
angry at the fact that my kids spend so much time
on their tablet. Now I didn’t really want to point
out but then felt obligated to point out the fact
that while she was complaining about kids being
on their tablets, she was watching TV. And she was
probably watching TV for the exact same amount of
time the kids were on the tablet. So the kids aren’t
watching television in the traditional sense. They’re
watching videos on TikTok, on YouTube and stuff.
They don’t watch traditional TV. And she in her
mind has demonized the tablet when the TV is just a
big less useful tablet that she is one step
away from being addicted to. And I pointed out,
so you have people now complaining that kids
are addicted to their phones and tablets.
My generation, the kids were addicted to TV.
Previous to that, kids were addicted to music.
Previous to that, kids were addicted to
music. All these complaints have not changed.
They’re generational. You’re not doing the thing
I did. And the new thing that you’re doing is bad
and addictive. It will make you sick and dying. Now
social media is engineered. So I think there are
risks to go along with it. TV is bad. It’s addictive.
But it was more passive. Whereas the algorithm,
what not is coming for your children, I am aware
of that and do caution my kids. We do a limit time
and stuff. But it’s because I know that modern
technology is manipulative in nature. I don’t blame
the children for that. I mean, the conclusion
to that is that first of all, that wasn’t funny.
From an objective point of view, what she did
was make a list and the only reason the people in
the audience were laughing is because they agreed
with her. So that wasn’t humor. That was agreement.
If I could be specific, I don’t want to define a
joke. A joke is something that makes you laugh. But
they were just like, oh yeah, I hate young people.
Therefore, this lady hating on young people is funny.
to me. Whereas I don’t, I personally don’t think
that’s a joke. If I was going to try to make a joke,
I would try to do better than that. There should be
an examination of something. Because her joke falls
flat when she says we could take it back. I don’t
think you could. I don’t think you could take it back
from the millennials. They would lock you out of
your email and Facebook. And then you wouldn’t have
be able to do anything. And you’d be spending time
calling the millennials or Gen Z or whoever you’re
talking about to come and fix all that shit for
you. Do you remember when people got really upset
about Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man and the
new Spider-Man wasn’t white? Remember that? I just
wanted to point out that no one gives a shit anymore.
So Miles Morales was introduced as a half-black,
half-Mexican kid from Brooklyn. He got bitten by
a different spider and got different spider powers
and became the new Spider-Man of Miles Morales.
Everyone who was racist lost their mind.
And fuck those people that’s so stupid. Because here
we are now, a few years later, I don’t know when
Miles Morales was released anymore. And no one
gives a shit. They came out with that movie in the
Spider-Verse. Fucking awesome. I watched it again
a week ago. That’s why this popped into my head.
That movie’s great. I almost cried at the part
where they’re supporting each other because I guess
I’ve never had any real support in my life. But that
is something I clearly clamor for. The interesting part
was like, I was like, “I’ll watch this because the
new movie’s coming out. I’ll watch the old movie.”
So I’m kind of like, kind of remember exactly what’s
going on. That’d be really nice to go into the
theater knowing that. Fucking mosquito. I am
not Spider-Man. I miss that mosquito twice.
I forgot to do me a fucking mosquito. It’s because
mosquitoes hate spiders that are racist too. And so
he hates Spider-Man. He’s trying to ruin my Spider-Man
thing. I was watching it on the train and then
I just right way, midway through the trip. I suddenly
went, “No one cares that Miles Morales isn’t a
white Peter Parker anymore.” Peter Parker is white
guy. Peter Parker’s Peter Parker. Spider-Man’s Peter.
Parker. Fucking is the calling man. No one gives a
shit. And no one ever did. They just were racist.
That’s something you just keep in mind. Those massive
controversies are just distractions for nothing.
They’re not even distracting you from anything. But
that got me thinking about other distractions we’ve had.
We’re not coronavirus. COVID-19 is not finished. It
still exists. It’s still something to be concerned
about. I still know people who have gotten it
recently. So still be careful. I want everyone to be
careful. But we are maybe just living with it
now or we’ve got it sort of under control. People
who are vaccinated, things like that. I wanted to
take a look at some of the conspiracy theories that
came out. Just remembering, this is kind of like
reminiscing of the history of a couple of years ago.
So Miles Morales, fucking awesome Spider-Man. No one
gives a shit that he’s Spider-Man anymore because
he’s fucking great in Asia. So I can really only
speak for this stuff. I read online and the stuff I
knew in Asia. So in Asia, the first conspiracy theory
about COVID-19 was that COVID-19 was engineered
to kill off old people because China, Japan, and
Korea have too many old people. It’s a graying
populations. So they engineered this disease that
would attack old people. Now the reality is that
anything virulent like a virus or a disease or
something is going to have a bigger impact on older
people regardless. It’s going to have an bigger
impact on older people because they are weaker. They
have more underlying problems. They’ve lived a
longer life. They are closer to death already. So a
devastating disease, respiratory disease, someone
who’s not already healthy, it’s going to kill them.
So yes, it was killing older people at a higher
raise, but any disease would. So the Spanish flu,
I’m assuming killed older people at a higher rate.
The bubonic plague probably killed people at a higher.
rate. I mean, I don’t know. I don’t know about the
stats back then. It’s a job that went away with
the boomers. So who knows? But I’m betting any
disease that is powerful, kills older people at a
higher rate than younger people. I do remember
also in the paper they were saying maybe people who
smoke are more resistant, which was a weird maybe
like smokers lobby that they threw out there.
I don’t I think that one was pretty much debunked
pretty quickly. So that corresponds to the virus
was engineered in a Chinese lab. Then there was
a conspiracy theory and it got out from the lab.
Then there was a conspiracy theory that the US
imported COVID to China so that they could blame China
for the breakout of coronavirus. That turned out
to not necessarily be true. And it really was
devastating way more in America than it should
have been because of the incredibly poor rollout
of vaccines and the anti-vaccine movement in there.
In Italy, I didn’t know this one. I just started
looking up some some basic ones so I could remind
myself. In Italy, they were blaming GMO, so genetically
modified organisms, basically virus resistant
or bug resistant fruit and vegetables and things
like that are the most common ones. They try to
grow more perfect fruit that is healthier and
harder. They were saying coronavirus came from that,
which I thought that was an interesting one I’d
never heard before. So there you go, even now I’m
picking up stuff. I actually there was someone I knew
who was on the coronavirus isn’t real. It’s not
a real virus and there will be lawsuits. This was
at the beginning of 2019, 2020. It’s three years
later and they were like there’s going to be lawsuits
in the world of court and it’s going to be coming and
you’re going to be regret taking all these precautions.
I actually that was an interesting argument
because they’re like you shouldn’t take precautions
against this thing that may or may not be real. So
let’s give them credit. Let’s pretend for a second
that coronavirus was not real. Taking precautions
against it doesn’t hurt you. So this is like I’m going
to take vitamins so that my immune system or
my body is healthier as a precaution against
catching the flu or a cold or just getting sick
in general. That isn’t specific towards anyone. I
take vitamins every day. I actually find that if
I don’t take vitamins, I think I have a single
vitamin deficiency that’s very small. If I don’t
take a multivitamin over the course of a couple
months, I get really worn down. I take vitamins
that doesn’t seem to happen. So I don’t know what
vitamin it is. I don’t know what mineral it is. It’s
something in my body, but I take the multivitamin
because it fixes this problem. But then I’m like
it also will help me any other deficiencies I might
have. So I’ll be healthier overall. Protect
me against disease and whatnot. Non-specific.
But then it was like wearing masks. Well, I basically
know what I know during the period we were wearing
masks. Got the flu. I started sanitizing my hands
against coronavirus. Maybe multiple times a day.
I’d probably do it once or twice a day now. But
my chances of catching other diseases, not even
coronavirus, has gone down because I sanitize my
hands more often than I used to. Taking precautions
against anything isn’t necessarily a bad idea. I
see people wearing a mask. I might even feel like,
oh, you know, in this particular situation, it’s
unnecessary. But they’re taking a precaution
against stuff is going to protect them more so
than if they didn’t. So the anti-mask movement,
I always thought was really weird because,
okay, if you don’t believe coronavirus is real,
you do believe that flu is real. You do believe
that colds are real and it will protect you from
the flu and cold. So what is the problem with
protecting yourself against these other things?
And then it maybe will just, you know, that
protective ability will roll over into coronavirus.
If it does turn out to be real perchance, may
have. And that was a little bit of an aside.
So yeah, there was the group of people who said
that coronavirus doesn’t exist, that it’s just the
flu. Now, I always found that to be a very confusing
argument because you’re admitting that there is a
flu and the flu is virulent. The flu is going around.
It’s very communicable. The flu is killing people.
The flu is putting people on respiratory machines
and the bit you’re angry about is that we’ve called
it COVID-19 and said it’s something else. COVID-19 as
far as I’m concerned is the flu. It’s just a really,
really strong flu that mutates and attacks your lungs
and puts people on respirators. You can call it a
flu. It’s just as dangerous. It’s killing just as
many people as if it wasn’t the flu specifically.
So that argument, I actually had someone use that
to me that don’t be silly. It’s just the flu.
Someone, I think it was on Twitter or something.
Someone kind of came at me with that one.
And I was like, that argument doesn’t mean anything
because if it’s just a flu and it’s still killing
people and still really communicable, then it’s just
as bad as if it is coronavirus. So protect yourself
from this flu just as much as you would protect
yourself from coronavirus. It was a globalist plot
to take away our freedoms. So lockdowns and stuff,
of course, we couldn’t do whatever we want. We
couldn’t go get haircuts. We couldn’t go out and drink
and have parties and stuff. And that’s my freedom.
You’re taking away my freedom. Again, I was a little
torn on that. I did. I agreed with lockdowns. I
thought they should have happened. Japan didn’t lock
down in the same way as let’s say North America’s
the one in the news. So it’s always the one I
end up talking about because Corona in Japan,
they have written into their constitution freedom
of movement. So you’re not allowed to lock people
down, but they made the recommendation in Japanese
people generally being quite sensible. Most people
did stay home and they only went out when they had
to and they just didn’t do things to try to catch
coronavirus. But interfering with your freedoms, the
thing is the freedoms came back. So that actually
in historically that was undermined because the
freedoms didn’t go away forever. We aren’t still in
lockdown. And again, the economy suffered greatly
and the globalists are the ones who want to keep
the economy working. Maybe they want to control
it, but to control it, they need people passively
in place in their cubicles to do the jobs that need
to be done so that there is an economy to run the
globe because the way we’ve set up the economy
in the world right now, it is economy based. So
the globalist taking away your freedoms and destroying
the economy in the same hand is not beneficial
to the globalists. So that one again logically
falls apart the more you think about how the world
works, which is actually how a lot of these conspiracies
fall apart is when you think about how the world
works. And then the last one was Big Pharma. This
was the best one from me. This was the one Big Pharma
wanted to make some money. The engineer disease
put it out in the world that disease kills lots of
people. We have the vaccine. It’s a science
fiction, it’s a science fiction plot as old as time.
It’s a good one. I mean, I don’t think… Actually,
it is the most reasonable of the conspiracy theories.
Is that a corporation decided to get evil. The
thing is multiple places came out with multiple
vaccines. I actually had the… I forget what
they’re called now. That’s how long it’s been.
I had the AstraZeneca, I think it was one of
them. And then I had the Johnson and Johnson
one. That’s weird. They put… Maybe the
vaccines, maybe forget what vaccines I got. I got
three or four. I remember the last one was… So
I actually got coronavirus. It was bad as a cold.
because I had been vaccinated two or three times
already. The vaccine did its job. So I got coronavirus.
It was like two days. One day I was like really hot
and uncomfortable. And then the second day I was
kind of bad and I slept all day. I went into
one of those hotel isolation situations.
And then it wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t feel
good, but like I wasn’t going to go exercise or.
anything. But basically I slept a little more. The
fever kind of took a while to go away, but that was it.
I was actually in really good shape. So I actually
think the vaccines worked. I got the fourth vaccine
for 12 hours. I was just knocked out. I was in
physical pain. I had that sort of joint pain you
get from the flu and stuff. It was way worse than
coronavirus. But then if I needed to get a fifth
vaccination, if they said Peter, you won’t want,
I absolutely would because the disease didn’t do
anything to me. If the vaccine is the worst part,
I’ll take the vaccine and take that eight, 10-hour
period of pain and frustration just so I could
survive the actual coronavirus with ease, no less.
Bill Gates wants to implant everyone with a chip. So he was talking about Ebola virus.
And he predicted that there was going to be another pandemic in the future.
Scientists have actually talked about this. Climate
change has done it. Just more air travel and
interacting with people makes it more communicable.
So the disease is going to spread around more quickly.
Things like that. So there are basically lots of
people who are saying there’s going to be another
pandemic. It’s coming soon. After coronavirus, they
were like, it’s going to speed up because we had
Spanish flu. And then they said, once in a hundred
years, a hundred years later, we got COVID-19.
And they said, oh, then the next one will be a
hundred years later. That’s not how it works.
Because of climate change and stuff, it’s going to
speed up. So we’ll probably get one every 50 years
that is this bad. And then it’s going to be every
25 years. Unless we get to a level of technology
where we can take care of it, that’s kind of what
Bill Gates was talking about. We need to learn
to protect ourselves from ourselves because we’re not
going to stop air travel. And we’re not going to stop.
mutations of diseases and stuff. And people
are going to mix in, it’s going to get worse.
And so they thought, because he didn’t want to be
proven wrong, he created coronavirus. So a computer
guy suddenly, like I’m going to say, yes, Bill Gates
is probably very good at computers. I don’t know
if he is anymore because he got into that position.
Like he created computers. He made windows and
stuff like that. But then he got into a position
where he didn’t really make stuff anymore. He told
engineers how to make stuff. He probably understood
what they were talking about. But could he do it?
I don’t know. Steve Jobs gets the same deal.
Like did he make anything? No, he told engineers,
you have this. I want these features. Here’s a
list. Go make that happen. They’re off. They go and
they get it. Bill Gates is the same. I’m sure he
understands computers and he’s very good at computers.
But at the end of the day, he was like, well,
here’s a list of features. Here’s things to make it
go work better off you go, go make that happen because
I pay your money now. So he might be high level,
but he’s certainly not going to be like, well,
I’m going to just switch to biology now of
virology and create some diseases to go make sure
that I am right in the world and the things I’ve said.
Looking back is valuable because all the things we
freaked out about conspiracy theories, especially.
It’s we’ve you hear the conspiracy theory. You
have a good time talking about it and then it
disappears because you don’t think about it anymore.
When something new happens and it’s tempting to
believe, oh, we didn’t even talk about 5G in the
UK. The people in the UK thought that 5G towers
caused corona virus because it ate the oxygen and
like infected you. And they were setting them on
fire. Like they were setting 5G towers on fire.
These are these are again, the very reasonable
people, the boomers from the first segment, not
understanding how technology works or radio waves
or 5G or any of this other stuff. And then just saying
like, they put up this tower, bad thing happened.
I’m going to burn down this tower. I’m right.
You can’t tell me otherwise. I had an interesting
experience when I was sick in the hospital a couple
years ago. And I would take a pill in the evening.
And then about two hours later, my neck would get
tight and my shoulders would hurt and I’d feel
some sort of pain. And so I told the doctor like
every time I take this pill, it actually causes me
pain. Is that normal? Is that a side effect? Is that
something that’s happening? He’s like, oh, that’s
not what’s happening. What’s happening is you get
like a steroid in the morning. And then you feel
stronger and better. And then when we get to the
evening, sort of when you take your evening pill,
that’s when the steroids wearing off. See, because
I didn’t understand medicine or the things that
were happening. I was thinking there was a causal
relationship. I’m taking this pill and then very
soon afterwards, I start to feel pain. I was
thinking the pill caused me pain. That’s exactly what
these people were thinking about 5G. What was actually
happening is the pill I was taking in the morning
wasn’t working anymore because it’d been 12 hours.
And I was taking a different pill for something else.
And then I wouldn’t that pain was just going to
sit there anyways. They could have given me pain
killers now that I think about it. But Japan, they
don’t give very strong pain killers and they don’t
like to give out pain killers too much. You need
to suffer a little bit to make you a stronger,
better person. Did it work? No, not stronger,
not better. Still stiff shoulders, to be honest.
So what I’m saying, conspiracy theories, we forget
about them. And what we actually should do is take
a look back at, again, we just have to be history
like three, four, five years ago. What were people
talking about? What were we thinking? Were those
things important? And are they important now? And
then the next time someone comes up with, superhero
has changed color or superhero has changed gender,
or it’s like a non-gender conforming version
of a superhero. And people flip out, be like,
dude, we don’t even remember the fervor over Miles
Morales. We don’t even remember people getting
freaked out about Lady Thor, which was a great
storyline, by the way. I wish the movie done it
better, but Lady Thor was fucking awesome. And
I could have done me with some more Lady Thor.
I had a second part. So then when you get, then
when you hear a conspiracy theory and it starts to
sound logical, think back to, okay, coronavirus,
what were the conspiracy theories we heard?
What do we now just don’t even remember? Nevermind,
right off is not true. What do we not even remember now?
And that will hopefully keep you more even tempered going on into the future.