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Nate Weiner

Shared August 25, 2016

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix

David Hale

Shared January 1, 2017

So, so true.

Mun Keat Looi

Shared January 26, 2017

The episode where Ross is ridiculed for standing up for evolution still chills me.

Jesse Hicks

Shared January 17, 2017

Yes, my theory is that Friends may have triggered the downfall of western civilization. You might think I’m crazy. But to quote Ross: “Oh, am I? Am I? Am I out of my mind? Am I losing my senses?” Did you know the song that originally accompanied the Friends pilot episode was R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know (And I Feel Fine).” A blissful song with an apocalyptic message that goes largely ignored.
I was a teacher in 2004. I coached our school’s chess club. I saw how my students were picked on, bullied. I tried my best to defend them, but I couldn’t be everywhere. My students were smart, huge nerds, and they were in hostile, unfriendly territory. Other students would be waiting outside my room to ambush the chess club members who met in my room every day at lunch. During my tenure as a teacher, I gained the reputation of being a slayer of bullies and defender of nerds. I promise you: bullies can be mean, but they knew Mr. Hopkins was much worse.
Maybe intellectuals have always been persecuted and shoved in lockers, but something in my gut tells me we’re at a low point — where social media interaction has replaced genuine debate and political discourse, where politicians are judged by whether we’d want to have a beer with them, where scientific consensus is rejected, where scientific research is underfunded, where journalism is drowning in celebrity gossip.

Wagner Brenner

Shared April 24, 2016

Será que "Friends" coincide com o início de uma era da idiotização das pessoas?

I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared.

Wagner Brenner

Shared April 24, 2016

I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared.

Lionel Dricot

Shared March 23, 2016

Protect the nerds !

Kushan

Shared March 23, 2016

Brilliant! Nerds all over scream of approval in unison! :)

Batool Alaskar

Shared January 16, 2017

I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared.

Annelouise Verboon

Shared May 7, 2016

Alle shoppende meisjes zijn altijd op Ross

whenever

Bjarne Tveskov

Shared March 28, 2016

This one has been shared a lot, has some good points.

Lama Al Luhidan

Shared January 13, 2017

The rejection of Ross marked the moment when much of America groaned, mid-sentence, at the voice of reason.

Almir Filho

Shared January 19, 2017

A computer programmer from Seattle is doing more to alleviate world poverty, hunger, and disease through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation than any other person in America right now. Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends.

Sar Haribhakti

Shared March 25, 2016

If you remember the 1990s and early 2000s, and you lived near a television set, then you remember Friends. Friends was the Thursday night primetime, “must-see-TV” event that featured the most likable ensemble ever assembled by a casting agent: all young, all middle class, all white, all straight, all attractive (but approachable), all morally and politically bland, and all equipped with easily digestible personas. Joey is the goofball. Chandler is the sarcastic one. Monica is obsessive-compulsive. Phoebe is the hippy. Rachel, hell, I don’t know, Rachel likes to shop. Then there was Ross. Ross was the intellectual and the romantic.

Eventually, the Friends audience — roughly 52.5 million people — turned on Ross. But the characters of the show were pitted against him from the beginning (consider episode 1, when Joey says of Ross: “This guy says hello, I wanna kill myself.”) In fact, any time Ross would say anything about his interests, his studies, his ideas, whenever he was mid-sentence, one of his “friends” was sure to groan and say how boring Ross was, how stupid it is to be smart, and that nobody cares. Cue the laughter of the live studio audience. This gag went on, pretty much every episode, for 10 seasons. Can you blame Ross for going crazy

Nick Seguin

Shared March 26, 2016

THIS

Benjamin J Street

Shared March 28, 2016

Also yes!

Courtney Nguyen

Shared February 27, 2017

In defense of nerds.

Dieter Kurtenbach

Shared February 3, 2017

This is pointed and sound.

Aatman Shah

Shared January 19, 2017

makes sense everytime I read it!

Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends.

Arvid Bux

Shared February 28, 2017

Amen.

protect the nerds

Florents Tselai

Shared August 25, 2016

I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, lead by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller.

Bugra Akyildiz

Shared March 24, 2016

This is so good!

Mohsen Suliman

Shared April 11, 2016

Ross needs better friends.

Allan Beaufour

Shared March 26, 2016

This is really great

abdulrhman Eaita

Shared March 30, 2016

Weird but true to a point, Ross needs better #friends.

Given Edward

Shared January 22, 2017

This author explains how Friends (the TV series) triggered the downfall of Western Civilization.

Roger Barnes

Shared October 10, 2016

Well that was kinda depressing. There's hope.

Sam Title

Shared January 18, 2017

Protect the nerds!

Andey Harsha

Shared December 18, 2016

Sadly true. A whole new perspective though.

Karthik Margabandu

Shared January 6, 2017

Just wow! A completely different perspective and this blew my mind

Sambit Satpathy

Shared April 15, 2016

interesting perspective

Melissa Howey

Shared April 29, 2016

I am sincerely worried we have not done enough to cultivate intellectual curiosity within our culture. Fortunately, there’s a resistance forming. People with grit, who aren’t afraid to begin a sentence with “Did you know…”

I am sincerely worried we have not done enough to cultivate intellectual curiosity within our culture.
Fortunately, there’s a resistance forming. People with grit, who aren’t afraid to begin a sentence with “Did you know…”

Shekhar Ruparelia

Shared January 11, 2017

"Protect the nerds."

Nour Eldin

Shared April 8, 2016

beautiful piece

Shreeniwas Iyer

Shared April 9, 2016

A view I had never taken, but has its merits nevertheless..

Saket Kulkarni

Shared December 27, 2016

I never got past the first few episodes because the characters annoyed me. I never cared enough to try to put my finger on why, but this article does an admirable job.

Nick Heynen

Shared September 14, 2016

A fun, rousing call to arms in defense of intellectualism.

James Varghese

Shared March 26, 2016

A little bombastic but I do see the point...then again, I was always annoyed by how Ross got neutered in each successive season so i Gobi in biased.

Kyle Taylor

Shared March 30, 2016

Frighteningly relevant.

Pavan Patel

Shared August 25, 2016

This is the reality!!

VV RAMKUMAR

Shared January 18, 2017

friends started it. modern family has Alex. then there was Ted mosby. then the big bang theory(which is such a cruel title for what ended up doing) practically owes all its jokes to this

Erkki Perälä

Shared March 25, 2016

"Friends was the Thursday night primetime, 'must-see-TV' event that featured the most likable ensemble ever assembled by a casting agent: all young, all middle class, all white, all straight, all attractive (but approachable), all morally and politically bland, and all equipped with easily digestible personas. Joey is the goofball. Chandler is the sarcastic one. Monica is obsessive-compulsive. Phoebe is the hippy. Rachel, hell, I don’t know, Rachel likes to shop. Then there was Ross. Ross was the intellectual and the romantic."

Nerokas pieni kirjoitus Frendeistä, Rossista sekä LÄNSIMAISEN SIVILISAATION RAPPIOSTA! LUKEKAA!

Sarah Mansoura

Shared March 31, 2016

"I see Kim Kardashian's ass on CNN and I'm scared."

Jasen Farmer

Shared March 24, 2016

90's nostalgia means Ross is our tragic nerd hero. Good advice from @davidhopkins on learning & protecting young nerds in the world. #Friends

So, how do we retain our sanity in a dumb, dumb world? I wouldn’t be a good teacher if I didn’t come prepared with a few ideas.

Jasen Farmer

Shared September 6, 2016

I stand w/the nerds & used #bookstore fans. Consumerism & #antiscience as scary US cultural norms #90s

Melanie Renzulli

Shared April 1, 2017

The rejection of Ross marked the moment when much of America groaned, mid-sentence, at the voice of reason.

Andre Cramer

Shared January 19, 2017

Headline made me shrug a bit, but there is a (very sad) truth in this.

It's just such an important topic... don't let anti-intellectualism destroy our brightest minds and eventually our entire society!

chino singson

Shared January 20, 2017

Protect the nerds! #sympathyForRoss

sahil maheshwari

Shared April 1, 2016

Great read for someone who is nerdy and love Friends - The Sitcom

Dylan Edwards

Shared March 29, 2016

Besides, they were on a break.

Fun piece on anti-intellectualism in pop culture, which unfortunately ends with a trite list of advice.

Eventually, the Friends audience — roughly 52.5 million people — turned on Ross. But the characters of the show were pitted against him from the beginning (consider episode 1, when Joey says of Ross: “This guy says hello, I wanna kill myself.”) In fact, any time Ross would say anything about his interests, his studies, his ideas, whenever he was mid-sentence, one of his “friends” was sure to groan and say how boring Ross was, how stupid it is to be smart, and that nobody cares. Cue the laughter of the live studio audience. This gag went on, pretty much every episode, for 10 seasons. Can you blame Ross for going crazy?

Johan Bové

Shared December 22, 2016

Be nerdy, save the World.

Pablo Medina Uribe

Shared January 5, 2017

Hire "Friends" triggered the downfall of Western civilization.

Isaul Carballar

Shared February 21, 2017

I would definitely put more blame in Homer Simpson, than on Ross. Still, I believe it has more to do with age. I hated Homer ten years ago. But now I love him. I guess he reminds me of what I see everyday. Still, agree about "I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared."

sadanand wachche

Shared March 27, 2016

Ross needs good friends!

Steven Russell

Shared April 18, 2016

"Friends": where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots.

Dheepak Govindaraj

Shared April 19, 2016

Friends!

Chief Experiment Officer (CEO)- Akash Agrawal

Shared January 19, 2017

Ross could have done so much better if he weren't surrounded by idiots. Interesting take on Friends :-p

Daniel Lombraña González

Shared March 25, 2016

protect the nerds

Christopher Jan Benitez

Shared April 5, 2016

Interesting argument against Friends and its singularly compelling character, but it devolved into another "x tips on how to not be a jerk" post.

Joao Rocha

Shared August 26, 2016

Amen

Ian Christian Cadeliña

Shared December 23, 2016

I don't know if this article is just overreaching, but interesting theory nonetheless.

Selina Onyando

Shared January 2, 2017

Such s great read

Yashasvani Vashisht

Shared February 9, 2017

I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared.

Jan Tománek

Shared April 2, 2016

Pro mě je znakem úpadku civilizace reklama na toaletní papír s ruličkou, kterou můžete spláchnout.

Alhamdu Yaro

Shared April 20, 2016

One for Ross

Yes, my theory is that Friends may have triggered the downfall of western civilization.

Ernesto Guerra

Shared April 15, 2017

Increíble la lectura entre líneas de Friends

Yusuf Mansur Özer

Shared March 25, 2016

"Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots."

Felix Victor Münch

Shared March 27, 2016

In fact, any time Ross would say anything about his interests, his studies, his ideas, whenever he was mid-sentence, one of his “friends” was sure to groan and say how boring Ross was, how stupid it is to be smart, and that nobody cares. Cue the laughter of the live studio audience.

Hitesh Sarda

Shared June 16, 2016

although nerds are a little better off in India, they still need to be nurtured.

Daniel Hopkins

Shared July 8, 2016

Rossify or ossify

Sara Shafie

Shared May 19, 2017

"Maybe it’s all harmless fun. Like the good-spirited laughter of a live studio audience? Maybe. But I am sincerely worried we have not done enough to cultivate intellectual curiosity within our culture"

Shravan Aras

Shared 3 hours ago

A different take on classic ..

Alfredo Fialho

Shared March 24, 2016

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix.

Pablo Massa

Shared March 25, 2016

Nunca vi Friends porque, justamente, me parecían todos idiotas, y sí, pobre Ross, supongo.

Senfield sube la brecha intelectual pero OMG, qué arrogante ese tipo Jerry, cuánto conservadurismo y cinismo.

Opino habiendo visto estas series en los 2000, en los 90 miraba dibujos animados y era un imbécil.

TBBT me parece igual de horrendo, lleno de estereotipos y queriendo reivindicar a los nerds de la peor forma.

La curiosidad intelectual se crea con algo tan simple como curiosidad intelectual, dejen de etiquetar.

siddhant thapaliya

Shared September 4, 2016

I don't have anything to say about this.

Zibusiso Masuku

Shared September 30, 2016

"Protect The Nerds..."

Pablo Massa

Shared January 20, 2017

Y The Big Bang Theory continuó su legado.

Addie K. Martin

Shared January 23, 2017

Sad but true....

kartik tayal

Shared March 27, 2017

Since Friends is the most popular show of all time in India apparently

Mr. Thoro

Shared March 29, 2017

No. 3: stop buying so much shit. This may seem like a non sequitur, but I’m convinced consumer culture and idiot culture are closely linked. Simplify your life. Idiocy dominates our cultural landscape because it sells more Nike tennis shoes and Big Macs. When we thoughtfully consider what we bring into our home, we are less likely to be manipulated by empty impulses.

Claudia Pozzobon

Shared January 25, 2017

Me gustaron las sugerencias...

Chenbo Liu

Shared March 23, 2016

protect the nerds

Sam Chan

Shared March 24, 2016

Interesting. While I love the show Friends, I found the points in this article interesting and understandable.

We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends.

Conrad J

Shared March 24, 2016

The sitcom Friends has even more to answer for than I realised...

So, how do we retain our sanity in a dumb, dumb world? I wouldn’t be a good teacher if I didn’t come prepared with a few ideas.

No. 1: read a fucking book.

Paco Lima

Shared March 24, 2016

You might think I’m crazy. But to quote Ross: “Oh, am I? Am I? Am I out of my mind? Am I losing my senses?”

NJOGU KINYANJUI

Shared March 29, 2016

Ross needs better friends.

Mohammed Thanish

Shared July 6, 2016

This is brilliant!

Michael Summerton

Shared October 22, 2016

Arise, nerds of the world, and save us from ourselves.

Muskan Sukarchakia

Shared October 27, 2016

Chandler for life

Muskan Sukarchakia

Shared December 23, 2016

One of my favourites this year

Athina Rizopoulou

Shared December 27, 2016

Read difficult books. Read controversial books. Read a book that makes you cry. Read something fun. But read.

dund .

Shared January 3, 2017

The show ended in 2004. The same year that Facebook began, the year that George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term, the year that reality television became a dominant force in pop culture, with American Idol starting an eight-year reign of terror as the No. 1 show in the U.S., the same year that Paris Hilton started her own “lifestyle brand” and released an autobiography. And Joey Tribbiani got a spin-off TV show. The year 2004 was when we completely gave up and embraced stupidity as a value. Just ask Green Day; their album American Idiot was released in 2004, and it won the Grammy for Best Rock Album. You can’t get more timely. The rejection of Ross marked the moment when much of America groaned, mid-sentence, at the voice of reason.

Pato Mas

Shared January 18, 2017

"Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place."

Thomas Meimarides

Shared March 24, 2016

This

my gut tells me we’re at a low point — where social media interaction has replaced genuine debate and political discourse, where politicians are judged by whether we’d want to have a beer with them, where scientific consensus is rejected, where scientific research is underfunded, where journalism is drowning in celebrity gossip

Mike Becker

Shared March 24, 2016

No. 1: read a fucking book. Something special happens when you set aside the inane distractions of modern culture and immerse yourself in a novel. You open yourself up to new ideas, new experiences, new perspectives. It’s an experiment in patience and mindfulness. The New School for Social Research in New York proved that reading literature improves empathy. It’s true. Reading makes you less of a jerk. So, read often. Read difficult books. Read controversial books. Read a book that makes you cry. Read something fun. But read.

Gabriele Gargantini

Shared March 29, 2016

I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, lead by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller.

Mel Dasan

Shared March 30, 2016

Truth

Anne Dougherty

Shared April 23, 2016

I'm not quite sure how to reconcile this with the rise of geek culture but I think he's on to something here.

Danny Garside

Shared August 25, 2016

🙇🙌🙏🙇🙌🙏

Xinyi Tieu

Shared September 4, 2016

And finally: protect the nerds.

Kathryn Johnson

Shared December 24, 2016

I am sincerely worried we have not done enough to cultivate intellectual curiosity within our culture.

Krishna Huliyar

Shared December 28, 2016

Whoa!!! never saw this TV sitcom from this perspective

Tim Hengeveld

Shared January 18, 2017

Interesting point. And good advice regardless.

Amitesh Jasrotia

Shared February 1, 2017

"To me, 'Friends' signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America..."

Yasar Mohebi

Shared February 11, 2017

Ross - your holiday armadillo

Radek

Shared December 21, 2016

And like a Greek tragedy, our hero is caught in a prophecy that cannot be avoided. The show’s producers, akin to the immutable voice of the gods, declared that Ross must end up with Rachel, the one who shops. Honestly, I think he could’ve done better.

Suraj Prabhu

Shared April 29, 2017

Brilliant perspective...

Lizzie Sager

Shared January 19, 2017

The New School for Social Research in New York proved that reading literature improves empathy. It’s true. Reading makes you less of a jerk. So, read often. Read difficult books. Read controversial books. Read a book that makes you cry. Read something fun. But read.

Lizzie Sager

Shared January 19, 2017

Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends.

Nina Tymińska

Shared March 24, 2016

"You may see it as a comedy, but I cannot laugh with you. To me, Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots."

Ben Sahlmüller

Shared March 25, 2016

Yay for science!

Patrick Shortall

Shared May 19, 2016

Interesting interpretation. Counterexample; The Big Bang Theory... ?

Agar gt

Shared July 5, 2016

Worth a read 👍🏼

Agar gt

Shared July 5, 2016

Worth a read 👍🏼

tom aciukewicz

Shared September 6, 2016

nice summary of a favorite "distraction" from a "simpler" time...this is certainly an interesting respin of the tale.

David Bell

Shared September 28, 2016

"It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, lead by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller."

Thiago

Shared December 18, 2016

Deveras interessante e extensível a 99% das sitcons atuais...

Suresh Murali

Shared January 5, 2017

idk what to believe in now. does this make sense.

Terri Wanjiku

Shared January 9, 2017

very interesting read

Santiago Cembrano

Shared January 28, 2017

:o

preshita kavar

Shared February 7, 2017

An eye opener.

petr

Shared February 24, 2017

Ross and the fall of reason

ralf van lieshout

Shared April 25, 2017

Echt een top artikel. Fun en factual

Monica Komperda

Shared March 26, 2016

Great read. Protect the nerds.

Elias Tsaoussis

Shared April 3, 2016

Interesting and certainly provocative...!

Dennis Donnelly

Shared April 5, 2016

The elegiac defense of Ross I've always been looking for

Dennis Babu

Shared April 12, 2016

Lol.. but think, seriously..

Louis Rossouw

Shared April 20, 2016

Ah poor Ross.

Keven Menager

Shared April 23, 2016

Not sure if this was a trigger, but definitely one of the more obvious causes.

Dave Larkin

Shared May 26, 2016

Terrific piece on how one character in Friends changed everything.

Shane Monteiro

Shared June 21, 2016

Ok but seriously

Derek del Barrio

Shared August 25, 2016

Loved this

Kratika Mujmer

Shared September 6, 2016

Ross needs better friends.

mohi khalili

Shared September 7, 2016

good read. it's not only one TV show but civilization is certainly going downward.

Shirley Wynn

Shared September 12, 2016

Ross needs better friends.

Harshitha Thotapally

Shared October 7, 2016

Actually I always wondered why these people don't listen to Ross. I always wanted that character to complete his cool science fact but he never gets a chance. I thought I am weird and this article made me realise how much influence the narrative has on audience.
Love the show. Love the comedy but I can clearly see the point made by auther.

Amirreza H.

Shared December 16, 2016

از این زاویه تا حالا نگاه نکرده بودم!

Eventually, the Friends audience — roughly 52.5 million people — turned on Ross. But the characters of the show were pitted against him from the beginning (consider episode 1, when Joey says of Ross: “This guy says hello, I wanna kill myself.”) In fact, any time Ross would say anything about his interests, his studies, his ideas, whenever he was mid-sentence, one of his “friends” was sure to groan and say how boring Ross was, how stupid it is to be smart, and that nobody cares. Cue the laughter of the live studio audience. This gag went on, pretty much every episode, for 10 seasons. Can you blame Ross for going crazy?

Amirreza H.

Shared December 16, 2016

So, how do we retain our sanity in a dumb, dumb world? I wouldn’t be a good teacher if I didn’t come prepared with a few ideas.

No. 1: read a fucking book.

Amirreza H.

Shared December 16, 2016

رها کردن زخارف دنیوی از زبان یه خارجی!

No. 3: stop buying so much shit. This may seem like a non sequitur, but I’m convinced consumer culture and idiot culture are closely linked. Simplify your life. Idiocy dominates our cultural landscape because it sells more Nike tennis shoes and Big Macs. When we thoughtfully consider what we bring into our home, we are less likely to be manipulated by empty impulses.

Kevin Donohue

Shared December 17, 2016

Friends was the Thursday night primetime, “must-see-TV” event that featured the most likable ensemble ever assembled by a casting agent: all young, all middle class, all white, all straight, all attractive (but approachable), all morally and politically bland, and all equipped with easily digestible personas.

Kevin Donohue

Shared December 17, 2016

Maybe I should unpack this, for the uninitiated. If you remember the 1990s and early 2000s, and you lived near a television set, then you remember Friends. Friends was the Thursday night primetime, “must-see-TV” event that featured the most likable ensemble ever assembled by a casting agent: all young, all middle class, all white, all straight, all attractive (but approachable), all morally and politically bland, and all equipped with easily digestible personas.

Sachin Maski

Shared December 18, 2016

Fabulous article!

Julie Lapouge

Shared December 19, 2016

"Any time Ross would say anything about his interests, his studies, his ideas, whenever he was mid-sentence, one of his “friends” was sure to groan and say how boring Ross was, how stupid it is to be smart, and that nobody cares."

Sam Sutton

Shared December 19, 2016

Smarter than it sounds, with some good points to get you started on your new year's resolutions early.

Rolando Silva

Shared December 30, 2016

Excellent read. I since plan to do at least two of the things mentioned towards the end: read a fucking book and learn something new.

Shuvrow Hridoy

Shared January 2, 2017

I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared.

Yihan Li

Shared January 3, 2017

An interesting angle for Friends

Lance

Shared January 14, 2017

my theory is that Friends may have triggered the downfall of western civilization.

Lance

Shared January 14, 2017

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix. Poverty is permanent. Racism will always exist.

Rafee Adnan

Shared February 3, 2017

harsh.. but mostly true

Юля

Shared February 10, 2017

только я думаю, что искусство не может влиять на мир - скорее предвидеть

Lucas Miller

Shared February 15, 2017

You ate my sandwich?!?

Abigail Armstrong

Shared February 22, 2017

Protect the Nerds!

Inamul Hassan

Shared March 22, 2017

Must read !

Kamil Steć

Shared March 27, 2017

And finally: protect the nerds. A computer programmer from Seattle is doing more to alleviate world poverty, hunger, and disease through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation than any other person in America right now. Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends.

Justyna pjustap

Shared March 27, 2017

Wspaniałe :D

Firdous Sultana

Shared June 19, 2017

Must read! I didn't get the writer's message until after reading the first 6-7 paragraphs.

Wade Fuller

Shared January 19, 2017

👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

Ilika Trivedi

Shared January 21, 2017

Maybe intellectuals have always been persecuted and shoved in lockers, but something in my gut tells me we’re at a low point — where social media interaction has replaced genuine debate and political discourse, where politicians are judged by whether we’d want to have a beer with them, where scientific consensus is rejected, where scientific research is underfunded, where journalism is drowning in celebrity gossip.

Mark Henwood

Shared February 3, 2017

Just awesome. He may well be right.

Lawrence Botha

Shared January 21, 2017

holy crap, this is a great article!

Martijn Moret

Shared January 22, 2017

Interesting thought. Although lack of mentioning the success of the Big Bang Theory television show is of course a no no. 😊

Idiocy dominates our cultural landscape because it sells more Nike tennis shoes and Big Macs.

Leila

Shared January 28, 2017

😀

p gdstdt

Shared March 28, 2016

protect nerds!

Michael Shen

Shared April 2, 2016

#1: read a fucking book 👌

Victor Lewis

Shared April 10, 2016

This.

Maciek macieksikora

Shared April 11, 2016

Friends is not a TV show I would spend time watching. So, is Ross really a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd?

Aditi Markale

Shared April 21, 2016

This does make you look at Friends with the perspective other than that of humor

Aengus Tukel

Shared May 15, 2016

the

Charles Ehrenfried

Shared May 27, 2016

Yes, yes, yes!

Ayse Karısman

Shared August 23, 2016

Best article i have ever read

kevin cuckow

Shared August 25, 2016

western civilisation is pushing

kevin cuckow

Shared August 25, 2016

western civilisation is pushing it a bit. north America maybe..however western Europe is far more complex and for many such as Scandinavia Britain and Benilux countries in particular Holland working from a different spread sheet. great viewing though Friends. like a watered down version of Britain's coupling. Again interesting article.

colgatefluor .

Shared September 17, 2016

so true

Николай Рогачев

Shared September 20, 2016

...western intellectuals are in trouble, eastern intellectuals feels the same. "There is no happiness in our live!" (c). Very interesting article, got lot of pleasure reading this morning.

Josh Ng

Shared September 23, 2016

PREACH.

Anubhav Tiwari

Shared September 23, 2016

: bullies can be mean, but they knew Mr. Hopkins

Triyana Suryakusumah

Shared October 6, 2016

save the nerds

Penelope Lee

Shared December 21, 2016

I am pretty sure that I shared this before, but it's recently become more relevant. I am a Ross. Mike is a Ross and we are trying to raise little Rosses. :)

Shubham Rathi

Shared December 25, 2016

Speechless...

Gretchen Zappala

Shared December 27, 2016

No. 1: read a fucking book.

Dinesh Prasanth

Shared December 29, 2016

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix. Poverty is permanent. Racism will always exist. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is too difficult to understand. The public education system is broken. Educate yourself, so you can be part of the conversation.

Mandee Mostrom

Shared January 9, 2017

I love Friends, but this article is something we all need to hear!

Radoslav Husar

Shared January 18, 2017

You may see it as a comedy, but I cannot laugh with you. To me, Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots.

Erica Rose

Shared January 22, 2017

Hmm...very interesting!

Venkataragavan C

Shared February 8, 2017

Wow! An article that criticises Friends. Read it, people.

Khalid Mutairi

Shared February 14, 2017

Interesting...

Anne Falk

Shared February 16, 2017

I mean, but by the end Rachel became pretty successful in her career. Definitely an interesting read.

Katarina Rebullante

Shared February 19, 2017

Proud bookworm since the day I can read. 👌🏻

Paulista Ponto TK

Shared March 8, 2017

Friends may have triggered the downfall of western civilization

Louis-Félix G. Provencher

Shared March 9, 2017

Nice thoughts, but even if you disagree with the premise, the ending remarks can't do harm if applied

Lisawhen Lisawhen

Shared March 11, 2017

"You may see it as a comedy, but I cannot laugh with you. To me, Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots. And even if you see it from my point of view, it doesn’t matter. The constant barrage of laughter from the live studio audience will remind us that our own reactions are unnecessary, redundant."

Lisawhen Lisawhen

Shared March 11, 2017

"No. 1: read a fucking book. Something special happens when you set aside the inane distractions of modern culture and immerse yourself in a novel. You open yourself up to new ideas, new experiences, new perspectives. It’s an experiment in patience and mindfulness. The New School for Social Research in New York proved that reading literature improves empathy. It’s true. Reading makes you less of a jerk. So, read often. Read difficult books. Read controversial books. Read a book that makes you cry. Read something fun. But read."

Gymno Sophist

Shared March 19, 2017

I've read this more times than I care to admit

Nikhil Ravi

Shared March 22, 2017

Every coin has two sides.#friends

Aléxis Ferreira

Shared March 24, 2017

Surprisingly, this article actually makes some good points 😂😅

Abhisek Gupta

Shared April 12, 2017

What a brilliant read!

"When we thoughtfully consider what we bring into our home, we are less likely to be manipulated by empty impulses."

Roger Ferdinand

Shared January 18, 2017

Yes. Please. Exercise your brain. Huzzah!!!

Rishiraj Surti

Shared January 19, 2017

Interesting read! "Ross needs better friends." #SaveTheNerds

Mark Santiago

Shared January 19, 2017

It starts off silly but read it all the way through. His points at the end are wonderful. Continue to learn, be curious, and help stop bullying.

Stefan Bordel

Shared February 28, 2017

"Reading makes you less of a jerk"

Vignesh Krishnan

Shared March 17, 2017

"Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. A computer programmer is doing more to alleviate world poverty, hunger and disease than any other person right now. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say."

Wonderful article. Even I've been asked many times by people "You're a nerd, aren't you?" with an eww-ish expression on their faces.

PS: I've tried watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S once, and I found it utter BS anyway. Just my personal opinion :)

Alp Uluocak

Shared March 18, 2017

Arkada çalan şarkı American Idiot

Saramsha Dotel

Shared May 15, 2017

FRIENDS is the best sitcom to have aired on TV but I can vividly relate to the cringing facts this article points out. A new insight.

Tyler Studanski

Shared January 19, 2017

interesting perspective

I’m convinced consumer culture and idiot culture are closely linked.

Chux Nwaomah

Shared January 24, 2017

true story.

Georgie Hills

Shared February 19, 2017

Amen

Jakub Jetmar

Shared February 1, 2017

The show ended in 2004. The same year that Facebook began, the year that George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term, the year that reality television became a dominant force in pop culture, with American Idol starting an eight-year reign of terror as the No. 1 show in the U.S., the same year that Paris Hilton started her own “lifestyle brand” and released an autobiography. And Joey Tribbiani got a spin-off TV show. The year 2004 was when we completely gave up and embraced stupidity as a value. Just ask Green Day; their album American Idiot was released in 2004, and it won the Grammy for Best Rock Album. You can’t get more timely. The rejection of Ross marked the moment when much of America groaned, mid-sentence, at the voice of reason.

Kannan K

Shared March 26, 2016

An interesting perspective....

Kauri Salonen

Shared March 27, 2016

Read a fucking book. Learn something. Stop buying so much shit. And finally: protect the nerds.

Shengying Xu

Shared March 28, 2016

I thought he was gonna talk about the promiscuity. This article is brilliant!!! (Still a Friends fan...)

Abdullah Fahmi

Shared March 29, 2016

Unpopular perspective.

Kathryn Downie

Shared April 10, 2016

A great read for fans of Friends, books, and/or geeks. (Or is it nerds? I never figured out the difference between the two. And yes, I realize that it's geeky to care what the difference is between a geek and a nerd.)

Γιαννης Αναστασιαδης

Shared April 14, 2016

A truly intriguing article about the how the best tv comedy series of the decade impacted our lives and changed our point of view in a discreet manner...

tyler durden

Shared April 29, 2016

couldn't be more true

Grace

Shared June 7, 2016

A light-hearted look at the rise of "idiot-culture". Worth the read!

Yes, my theory is that Friends may have triggered the downfall of western civilization. You might think I’m crazy. But to quote Ross: “Oh, am I? Am I? Am I out of my mind? Am I losing my senses?”

Rushi Luhar

Shared June 24, 2016

reason.

Kendall Berents

Shared July 8, 2016

Start thinking

Antony Barry

Shared July 23, 2016

good

David M

Shared September 7, 2016

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix

Sia Patel

Shared September 29, 2016

I never realized how deep a TV character can be; must read. It will change the way you see TV

Beatriz Souza

Shared December 19, 2016

While I am not Ross's biggest fan, nor do I think he is a hero, this article does have a point.

Nerd power, people. There should be no shrinking to make others comfortable. DFTBA.

Deema Alsayegh

Shared December 27, 2016

Highly recommended

Malcolm Rothman

Shared December 27, 2016

I used to call it "The LaVerne and Shirley" syndrome: the notion that anyone who exhibits any sophistication or knowledge gained by education is only doing it to make the unsophisticated or uneducated feel "put down". That one would actually choose to love Shakespeare's poetry or classical music or, for that matter, good champagne or truffles is inconceivable to many as anything but aggressive condescension. If anything, the opposite is true; in America there is nothing more despised than an intellectual who doesn't have the decency to keep her intellect to her damn self. At any rate, I found this article thought-provoking and wanted to share it. How pretentious.

Juan Moreno

Shared December 28, 2016

We were on a break! Cheers to the Rosses of the world, we need more of them. Idiocy surrounds us, Ortega's thesis are more relevant than ever.

suzan whitmire

Shared December 28, 2016

on oubliera jamais freinds

Thiago Neto

Shared January 1, 2017

something in my gut tells me we’re at a low point — where social media interaction has replaced genuine debate and political discourse, where politicians are judged by whether we’d want to have a beer with them, where scientific consensus is rejected, where scientific research is underfunded, where journalism is drowning in celebrity gossip.

I see Kim Kardashian’s ass at the top of CNN.com, and I am scared.

Maybe it’s all harmless fun. Like the good-spirited laughter of a live studio audience? Maybe. But I am sincerely worried we have not done enough to cultivate intellectual curiosity within our culture.

Pablo Alperin

Shared January 4, 2017

Ross needs better friends!

Shreya Reddy

Shared January 4, 2017

I this the crux of the problem and hack journalism only contributes to it.

The year 2004 was when we completely gave up and embraced stupidity as a value

Antony D'Angelo

Shared January 8, 2017

Be more Ross and less Joey

Jesús Morales

Shared January 8, 2017

Me hizo sonreír 👍

Eric Castro

Shared January 13, 2017

K kg

Eric Castro

Shared January 13, 2017

I also zzzzs a zzzzs w

Li Jie

Shared January 15, 2017

nice

Roula Bagia

Shared January 26, 2017

Probably my most favourite serial under a whole new perspective :/

Manuel Azpeitia

Shared February 1, 2017

2

Peter Nemeth

Shared February 5, 2017

Scary stuff

Joe Hegyi 3rd

Shared February 8, 2017

I don't know that I believe American anti-intellectualism can be tied to a single TV show but there certainly seems to have been a change away from factual knowledge and toward individual emotional experiences since the mid-to-late '90s.

Akshat Agrawal

Shared February 9, 2017

This article pens down a few issues that the best ever sitcom (yes, I still feel it is one of the all time best) clearly brings out, subtly slipped into its 10 seasons. A show where the intellectual Ross is ever ridiculed whenever he tries to bring out sense or an academic perspective to an argument. A show where the character of Joey, though he is jobless, believes in only one night stands and has no financial security, becomes the centre of attraction and a key to the shows success. A show where 'sex' and 'relationships' are glorified to another level. The show thrives on all aspects that people in the society connect with but are maybe not ready to accept as readily as they should. I am not sure if it triggered the downfall or it thrived on the downfall. But it definitely did portray some serious issues behind those laughters.

dipali nabiyal

Shared February 9, 2017

the disintegrating intellectual society is one of the undisputable facts but relating it to a sitcom made solely for entertainment is baseless. It is like people try to find hidden explanations in the verses of the poems whereas all the poet wanted from you was to read it and enjoy.

Rishav Bhattacharyya

Shared February 13, 2017

A must read.

Shefali Shrivastava

Shared February 14, 2017

Damnn this makes me sad :|

Sarath Menon

Shared February 27, 2017

What a shit load of crap.

Coop Triggs

Shared February 28, 2017

There was no hope for Ross. He went insane, and yeah, he did get annoying.

Kshitij Kayastha

Shared March 1, 2017

Insightful

Ravi H

Shared March 11, 2017

A damming indictment off that stupid sitcom

Alimee Pagulayan

Shared March 25, 2017

FRIENDS has always been one of my favorite TV shows and this really speaks volumes. TV shows can be seen as a reflection of culture and in this article, it shows that we can learn about ourselves through a TV show.

Joshua Chavez

Shared March 25, 2017

Damn pretty on point

Captain Hastir

Shared April 2, 2017

🙂

AYISHA QURESHI

Shared April 12, 2017

loved it. such a fresh perspective. love FRIENDS so enjoyed it more.

Misha Koo

Shared April 17, 2017

rttttt

Will Marlow

Shared April 26, 2017

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix. Poverty is permanent. Racism will always exist. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is too difficult to understand. The public education system is broken. Educate yourself, so you can be part of the conversation.

Ian Lohhnes

Shared May 16, 2017

just

Vasilis Costeas

Shared May 23, 2017

Expert knowledge...

Collis April

Shared May 24, 2017

Had to share twice. Trust me it's a good read.

Jacson Patrick

Shared May 27, 2017

Rather interesting despite it's absurdity.

Footy_Mohit 7

Shared May 31, 2017

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. A different view point. Worth a read.

grace holloway

Shared June 1, 2017

i love friends my fave one i monica 🦄

Rena Sagman

Shared June 11, 2017

"The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix." Sounds about right, poor Ross.

Gerry .Gutiérrez

Shared June 11, 2017

La propuesta suena algo endeble, pero al final logra parte de su cometido si pones algo de memoria en los capítulos.

Alessandro Scaltritti

Shared June 17, 2017

Friends signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots.

Zach Bess

Shared April 9, 2016

Love friends but an interesting argument

Joe Singh

Shared January 18, 2017

Even though Friends was genius, there is some truth in this.

Michael Murray

Shared January 18, 2017

I never watched Friends enough to know any of the overarching plot, but now I feel bad for Ross.

protect the nerds. A computer programmer from Seattle is doing more to alleviate world poverty, hunger, and disease through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation than any other person in America right now. Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place.

Don Pottenger

Shared January 18, 2017

This article contains some language I would prefer was not used but the point the author makes is pretty interesting. Also interesting that we are currently watching this series on Netflix.

Lukas Derjan

Shared January 19, 2017

"The show ended in 2004. The same year that Facebook began, the year that George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term, the year that reality television became a dominant force in pop culture, with American Idol starting an eight-year reign of terror as the No. 1 show in the U.S., the same year that Paris Hilton started her own “lifestyle brand” and released an autobiography. And Joey Tribbiani got a spin-off TV show. The year 2004 was when we completely gave up and embraced stupidity as a value. Just ask Green Day; their album American Idiot was released in 2004, and it won the Grammy for Best Rock Album. You can’t get more timely."

R B

Shared January 19, 2017

Great read! I never watched this sitcom, glad I didn't.

Dennis Gustafson

Shared January 19, 2017

Protect the Nerds!

vicente rodriguez

Shared January 19, 2017

I liked this, specially because I always identified myself with Ross (and also Ted from HIMYM) in this aspect amongst my social groups, but for me the "3 points list" at the end made it feel cheap, because these "Top 10 tips to get better at <any subject>" crap are part of the problem

Bud Nelson

Shared January 19, 2017

I don't think I ever watched an episode of Friends while it was on, but I have in recent years. This article makes an eerie kind of sense.

Michael McCarthy

Shared January 20, 2017

It does coincide with the beginnings of the rising tide of anti-intellectualism...

Gwen Geronimo

Shared January 20, 2017

Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say.

Brian Ferguson

Shared January 21, 2017

It's sad that there's something to this...

Brian Ferguson

Shared January 21, 2017

#dumbisnotbetter

Ben Logan

Shared February 7, 2017

Read a book!! Great advice. Interesting, thought-provoking article.

Camille Charifa

Shared February 22, 2017

Good but haunting read.

Arash Vahid

Shared February 25, 2017

شیران برای گوسفندان

Iker Loic de Icaza Astiz

Shared February 25, 2017

"The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix."

Meem Sarkar

Shared March 4, 2017

Friends imagined the next level of 'Blank Generation', the punk Culture. Stupid fuck Americans adopted it.

Eila Alonzo

Shared May 18, 2017

Smart/witty, entertaining, and most importantly - eye-opening

Lucas Gayda

Shared May 19, 2017

"Nerds create vaccines. Nerds engineer bridges and roadways. Nerds become teachers and librarians. We need those obnoxiously smart people, because they make the world a better place. We can’t have them cowering before a society that rolls their eyes at every word they say. Ross needs better friends."

Dinesh Nair

Shared 19 hours ago

Something special happens when you set aside the inane distractions of modern culture and immerse yourself in a novel. You open yourself up to new ideas, new experiences, new perspectives. It’s an experiment in patience and mindfulness. The New School for Social Research in New York proved that reading literature improves empathy. It’s true. Reading makes you less of a jerk. So, read often. Read difficult books. Read controversial books. Read a book that makes you cry. Read something fun. But read.

Ricardo García Mainou

Shared January 18, 2017

This is undoubtedly a provocative argument.

David Torell

Shared January 19, 2017

Read it nerds!

Jo Ströhfeldt

Shared January 20, 2017

I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, lead by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller.

Rosie Arnold

Shared January 20, 2017

This is an interesting perspective on the lack of appreciation of intelligence in society. Being an avid science student, this is something I've experienced without realizing it was universal.

I am sincerely worried we have not done enough to cultivate intellectual curiosity within our culture

James Long Truong

Shared January 25, 2017

The greatest threat to progress is the belief that something is too complex to fix.

Colin Rooney

Shared January 27, 2017

...but he had a pet monkey!

Colbicide .

Shared February 8, 2017

A quick read on the dumbing down of America.

Jovaughn Jones

Shared February 9, 2017

Great 10 minute-read! I never liked Friends anyway.