a reply to: austincitylights
I would come at it from a different perspective.
For me the WWW and before it the then growing but now usurped media of TV had a detrimental effect upon democracy.
Back then though information was more limited and some would argue easier to manipulate due to the fact that Newspapers and Radio for example were
the main mean's by which the public kept themselves informed and of course those medium were owned by the Few so could be schewed easily by there own
agenda today's problem is more a case of information overload.
Also Politician's have gone from being judged on there merit and agenda's to being judged on there spin and presentation which is a sad and actually
extremely destructive turn of event's for Democracy in general.
Now I am a socialist so we will disagree on several point's, for example I also do not like Anarchist's but there we may have argument's about what
Take peaceful democratic protest's and strike's for example, they are quite often very justified and if people simply lay down and complied while
there right's were buried six feet under then Democracy would fail as well.
So protest's and speaking your mind even in country's were that can be dangerous are essential to a free and open society.
There have been many area's in which the internet has been good but there have also been area's in which it is terrible bad.
Sharing information, online protest's and petition's, non official news coverage and information (which admitedly is also MOST often schewed by the
agenda's of those that create such site's) are good point's, sharing of information beyond national borders and making people see one another as
people giving them a common ground upon which to speak to one another regardless of nationality, creed or religion is another and these can be
Pornography, Terrorism and of course Drug Dealing as well as other form's of criminal, devient and anti social behaviour or psychologically harmful
as well as socially harmful media such as Pornography are very BAD thing's in general.
Policing can only be achieved via the ISP's and the danger is that bringing it in even though these BAD thing's do require it urgently can also lead
to cencorship and false flagging of free speach and bring us closer to totalitarian rule.
Sometime's I too wish it had never had the public uptake it has since I tend to see the past with rose tinted spectacles as there was a lot that was
better but have to also note that there was lot that was worse.
You are totally correct about the internet being a masqu for many people, they even have online persona's, maybe we all do that are different to our
day to day live's but in the course of human interaction that is quite normal just not in this media.
Sorry forgot to add, Hope you get well soon and feel a bit better, it is horrible feeling being out of commision because of your health.
edit on 10-9-2016 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)