‘We’re still in the awful phase’: Rob Schneider still has hope for social media

The debate of whether social media positively or negatively impacts society has waged for years, but according to a legendary US comedian, there is still reason to be optimistic.

Appearing on a new episode of The Plug podcast ahead of his Australian stand-up comedy tour next month, Rob Schneider – who has been very vocal about the culture wars and his stance against cancel culture – said social media is still “relatively new” and in its infancy stage.

The former Saturday Night Live star compared the global impact of social media to the inception of international air travel.

“Some people will say it was the French, some people will say it was Russia, but you would say that the lead for the airplane invention of the flying machine was the Wright Brothers in 1903 in Ohio,” he said.

“Now, if you move into 15 years later, they took that invention and they were just learning how to take that invention of the airplane, learning how to drop bombs out of it to kill people.

“That’s roughly about 15 years since social media has had the gigantic impact. So now they’re just at the point where they’re just dropping bombs out of it. Now, it wasn’t until another 15 years later, until the 1930s, with airline travel, where people were using that to get places, not just kill people.

“We’re still in the killing people, dropping bombs [phase]. We’re still in the awful phase.”

Listen to the full episode with Schneider here.


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