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Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?

 
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Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
New computers come with widescreen monitors, usually in a ratio of 16:9 or thereabouts. These are not suited for working with text, reading webpages, documents, etc. 4:3 (the square shaped screens) ratio monitors are well suited for these tasks. They are an adaptation of TVs, which are designed for passive consumption of media, such as reality shows, movies, etc. I recently switched back to an old 4:3 ratio LCD monitor, and it is MUCH better for browsing, reading text, etc. Computer usage is much better with a 4:3 monitor.

I consider widescreens an attempt to dissuade people from working with text, reading, writing, etc. Widescreens are for passive media consumption, which numbs the brain.

For more information on why widescreen monitors are terrible, check out:

[link to www.theinquirer.net]
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12/19/2012 12:35 AM
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
It's worthwhile to get the 27" screen even with lower 1080x1950 resolution.
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12/19/2012 12:36 AM

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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
While I won't dismiss your conspiratorial conjecture,
it is easy enough to 'window' (resize) your open apps to what ever aspect ratio suits you.

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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
LCD's in general are made for mind control.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
Even resizing windows is not as ideal as a 4:3 monitor. Computers are best used with a 4:3 screen IMO.
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12/19/2012 12:42 AM
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
TV progamming in general is just that. But the new smart TVs actually spy on you. I haven't had tv for 20 years. It's nice to actually spend time with your family, talking or practicing our music. Doing things together. It probably sounds unamerican to have this sort of lifestyle, but hey, i've always been a rebel.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
I guess I have been under total mind control since 08.

I have 3 x 30" Dell 3007 monitors spanning my 84"+ wide custom stainless steel desk...


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12/19/2012 12:44 AM
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
What about smartphones? Smaller screen and you can bring it EVERYWHERE.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
Does that make smartphone screens a plot to smarten up everybody?
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12/19/2012 12:46 AM
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
What about smartphones? Smaller screen and you can bring it EVERYWHERE.
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Smartphones are a pain to use. And Android and iOS have a lot of spyware shit. They are useful for quickly finding out information, it's too bad their makers are such crooks.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
What about smartphones? Smaller screen and you can bring it EVERYWHERE.
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Smartphones are a pain to use. And Android and iOS have a lot of spyware shit. They are useful for quickly finding out information, it's too bad their makers are such crooks.
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Maybe they are a pain to some. I use mine all the time, including now.
Just saying there's an opposite end to the spectrum your plot's about.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
Widescreens allow for you to be more immersed, enveloping more of your periphirals..
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
Widescreen monitors is so you have more workspace!

It's not only for watching media or movies.
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12/19/2012 02:15 AM
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
IMO most computer applications are designed for the 4:3 standard. Yes, widescreen monitors are supposedly good for some applications if you need a lot of applications open and viewable. However widescreens are still painful to the eyes and the window management and screen real estate is more cumbersome with a widescreen monitor, than a 4:3 monitor.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
IMO most computer applications are designed for the 4:3 standard. Yes, widescreen monitors are supposedly good for some applications if you need a lot of applications open and viewable. However widescreens are still painful to the eyes and the window management and screen real estate is more cumbersome with a widescreen monitor, than a 4:3 monitor.
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If you like 4:3 monitors, get a 4:3 monitor if you can find one. If not maybe some 16:9 models allow you to run it in 4:3 mode.
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Re: Widescreen monitors are a plot to dumb down people?
Been using a 4:3 monitor about a week, difference is amazing.