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The internet is the best thing to happen to mankind in the past century.
Originally posted by Nastradamus
Just know that technology is the greatest double-edged sword, for "them" and for "us".
Yeah, technology let's us absorb WAY more information faster than ever before... and it is in a way "leveling the playing field" so to speak as knowledge = power. But the human mind IS predictable... so the more technology thrown our way, the more knowledgable/powerful we become, the more of a "threat" we become. Because technology is so sophisticated, it can literally remember EVERYTHING. So, with all the data mined from all your past habits which have/are being catalogued, your thoughts/patterns can/are predicted, therefore if you were TRULY a threat you'd have been flagged a long time ago... so it's already too late to do anything really LOL
It makes informations accessable to people all around the world and that is a great thing.
Social Networking today is capable to start revolutions just like the letterpress made the enlightenment possible.
We have to prevent modern day "book burning" / censorship and keep the Internets free
reply to post by paperface
The internet has ruined music.itunes for one I dispise low quality bit rate files that have taken a step backwards from losless quality on cds. I also refuse to join facebook/twitter etc,its emotional rape.
Originally posted by caladonea
reply to post by my3911
I think it is a mixture of good and bad. I am glad for the internet....as it is full of very useful information.....and also a lot of information is rubbish. I have learned to sift through it...to get the information I want.
I am very concerned about a lot of the chat rooms and social websites....that many predators frequent....and the too trusting young people that communicate with these perverts...not knowing that they are perverts....to me that is a huge problem.
As I was reading your thread...the thought struck me....that one of our enemy countries...just might try and go into space and destroy our satellites...then what would this electronic society do?
Originally posted by darkbake
reply to post by my3911
There are many studies coming out that show that surfing the web negatively affects the human brain. In my opinion, it does so in two ways: first, it changes the focus to now-now-now and completely kills off any parts of the brain that used to be used for long-term thinking, goal-setting, and even relationships for that matter, because it changes relationships from a long-term setting where deep things are discussed and people really get to know each other to a short-term "oh look there's my golf buddy, oh I won't remember him tomorrow because I will be doing something else"
Not only do I believe that the internet effects the ability to use critical thinking and certain other thought processes I mentioned above, it also has the documented effect of allowing someone to sit at their computer and communicate with people in cyberspace (often not even the same people, but just whoever is in a forum at the time) and this has the illusion of social contact when there really is NONE. In reality, you are being withdrawn, you might even forget how to socialize well over time.
Also, the reward mechanism for clicking on links and obtaining "knowledge" falsely makes everyone think they are being productive, when, in reality, they are not.