How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
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Downfall of Western Civilization, really..!! 
Everything That is Wrong with Mr. Hopkins’ F.R.I.E.N.D.S.Theory

[Amit Kumar]

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I am not a blogger, but the extent of foolhardiness in the mere heading of this story compelled me to join medium.com. I must say that I am thankful to David Hopkins for nudging me into it.

To be fair, I disclose here clearly that I am a fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. But simultaneously, I am rational, and also close to being a nerd (an ex space research organization personnel, and in pursuit of an academic career).

Downfall of Western Civilization — really..!! As per your so called Theory, there is this popular t.v. series F.R.I.E.N.D.S. There is this one of the main characters Ross — the intellectual among other five main characters. And apparently, every time Ross wanted to say anything, he was shunned, he was mocked upon in the show. Millions of viewers saw the show, got inspired to mock the intellectuals and the nerds in real life. And you substantiated your theory with your life experience as a Chess coach — your students in the Chess class used to get bullied, and you used to protect them. So far so good.

Now let me explain everything that is wrong in this Theory.

For a moment please think, if F.R.I.E.N.D.S. triggered viewers to mock the nerds, did it also not trigger viewers to be as loving as Ross. Did it trigger the society to be as Casanova as Joey was, or as clean freak as Monica was?

And, may I ask Mr. Hopkins, if F.R.I.E.N.D.S. triggered downfall of a whole civilization, what Game of Thrones is triggering? What Breaking Bad is triggering? What Dexter might have triggered? If I extrapolate your F.R.I.E.N.D.S. theory, Apocalypse of the Universe has already come upon us.

Your theory also fails to consider the Chicken and Egg problem (or as the nerds love to say, the Causality Dilemma). F.R.I.E.N.D.S. as a show depicted what was happening in the lives of the American middle class society, and that was one primary reason for its popularity — masses could connect with it. Hence it is not F.R.I.E.N.D.S. which popularized the Bully-the-Nerds culture, but rather it is this prevalent culture that caused David and Marta to depict it in the show.

Hence a new theory is born —

How the Downfall of the Western Civilization Made F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Popular

I also wonder what you mean by “Downfall of a Civilization”. This collection of words is only justified if used for civilizations like the Indus Valley Civilization, or Mycenaean civilization and the likes — which down-fell in for real. I am pretty much sure that Western Civilization is far away from any kind of Downfall.

Now to be fair, I would assume that you didn’t mean it literally when you said Downfall of Western Civilization. You may have wanted to say the decline of social sensitivity towards the nerds, or the rise in mocking and bullying of the nerds. But shouldn’t we ask, why the nerds need protection the first place. Mocking and bullying is not limited to nerds, everyone faces such situations, and one must learn to deal with it. We can save students in childhood, but what if it makes them over-dependent. When they would grow up, who will be their Mr. Hopkins? There will be bullies — the work bullies, the neighbor bullies, the family bullies — and each of these bullies would either need a different type of Mr. Hopkins, or need just one Independent Confident nerd. Which option should we as a society opt for? The answer is a no-brainer even for a non-nerd.

Continuing on the Downfall, I am of the view that there are many other serious aspects which are more capable of worrying us — from the unemployment of the youth, to the rise of drug abusing generation, to the security of the nation, to the rising prevalence of the Bitcoins, to the vanishing ice caps on the poles, to the rising sea levels and temperature, and the alarmingly high pollution levels — than bullying of the nerds.

Let us not use sensational titles for gaining the transient online popularity. Let us use the online democratic platform more responsibly.