reply to post by SLAYER69
It highlights how the internet will probably evolve.
More rules, more rights, more privacy (but not the way that allows you to spy on others).
When the internet first came out, it was like the wild west.
But it's more and more evolving to be a social place. And for that matter, it IS a place.
And where people go to meet and discuss and share, they want rights, protections, etc.
As I see it, the internet is another continent, another planet, another place. It exists inside reality, on the scale of a electronic circuit board or
a central processing unit.
With technology and knowledge we're, more and more, living double lives on the internet and in RL. More and more, these two selves will intermingle
and integrate. RL and the internet will merge.
In my view, we need to rephrase everything, since virtual worlds actually exist inside reality. Saying that one is real and the other one isn't just
confuses it. The difference is not fundamental. What it comes down to is survival. If living in virtual worlds for any length of time benefits our
survival as much or more than it hurts it then that's what we'll do. It's kind of like drugs. Many drugs are used to help people and have beneficial
impacts, especially in the healthcare sector. In fact, outside of healthcare, artists have used narcotics to produce some of their best work.
Conversely, illegal drugs and legal drugs have been abused by those who're addicted to them and this is a negative effect. If only the negative effect
was considered, drugs would likely be completely banned and mostly unused. Basically, there's a good chance that the internet benefits our survival in
some way, but how much it benefits us as opposed to hurting us is still an open debate that's far from closed.
NOTE: I, broadly, classify the internet as a virtual world. We're plugged into it right now. But keep in mind that, even as it's virtual, it still
exists inside reality as an electronic circuit.
edit on 23-9-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)