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(Washington Post)   "If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not - as most people imagine - a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 147
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2013-07-01 02:38:50 PM  
Of course a newspaper columnist would say that. Newspaper readership and classified ad revenue would go back up.
 
2013-07-01 02:43:27 PM  
But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.
 
2013-07-01 02:52:11 PM  

exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.


Maybe he could use the googles, save some time...
 
2013-07-01 03:19:07 PM  
It certainly does make for a nice means to propel falsehoods around the globe before the truth has a chance to get its socks on.
 
2013-07-01 03:19:24 PM  
Back when people paid attention to newspaper columnists...
 
2013-07-01 03:19:28 PM  

sno man: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Maybe he could use the googles, save some time...


he has to be at the gym in 26 minutes
 
2013-07-01 03:19:43 PM  
fcdn.mtbr.com
 
2013-07-01 03:20:01 PM  
This seems remarkably like "old man yells at cloud" material to me.

"Cyber attacks are gonna get you!"  No one outside the IT professions should even be allowed to publish one word about hackers, because they're going to wrong.
 
2013-07-01 03:20:30 PM  

gameshowhost: It certainly does make for a nice means to propel falsehoods around the globe before the truth has a chance to get its socks on.


yeah but we have Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for that.
 
2013-07-01 03:20:33 PM  

gameshowhost: It certainly does make for a nice means to propel falsehoods around the globe before the truth has a chance to get its socks on.


It is also is a great way to reveal the truth, if you don't have to have it RIGHTTHEFARKNOW!
 
2013-07-01 03:21:37 PM  
The world was a better place when morons like Bill Maher and Giraldo Rivera had smaller stages.  Just sayin'....
 
2013-07-01 03:21:43 PM  
This printing press thing ain't all it's cracked up to be, said the scribe.
 
2013-07-01 03:22:25 PM  
But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

I guess no one told him about the porn.
 
2013-07-01 03:22:52 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: The world was a better place when morons like Bill Maher and Giraldo Rivera had smaller stages.  Just sayin'....


they had shows on major tv networks.
 
2013-07-01 03:24:03 PM  
That was one of the most poorly thought-out articles that I've seen in at least the past year. Also, I'm admittedly heavily biased.

//My job doesn't exist without the internet.I like money.
 
2013-07-01 03:24:39 PM  
the Y2K phenomenon in 2000 (the date change was allegedly going to disable many computer chips)

*stab stab stab stab*
 
2013-07-01 03:24:54 PM  
Wait till he finds out about the horseless carriages.
 
2013-07-01 03:25:05 PM  

exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.


Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.
 
2013-07-01 03:25:18 PM  
If spending 6 hours every Saturday looking at pictures of lolcats is useless, well then, I guess I'm just useless, Mr. High and Mighty reporter.
 
2013-07-01 03:25:40 PM  
If I could turn back time, If I could find a way.
 
2013-07-01 03:25:51 PM  
What has GPS got to do with the Internet?
 
2013-07-01 03:26:29 PM  

Hobodeluxe: Lt. Cheese Weasel: The world was a better place when morons like Bill Maher and Giraldo Rivera had smaller stages.  Just sayin'....

they had shows on major tv networks.


No, you!
 
2013-07-01 03:26:34 PM  
I remember that the guy who invented the postage stamp bemoaned his lack of foresight because it meant unbetrothed girls could send letters to unapprovable scoundrels without being seen in line at the post office.

Onion, belt. Damned clouds. Behold the wonders of asbestos.
 
2013-07-01 03:26:45 PM  
Idiot writes an opinion piece.  The Washington Post publishes it.
 
2013-07-01 03:26:53 PM  
People who don't understand things really shouldn't be writing essays on them, that's how stupid is made.
 
2013-07-01 03:27:00 PM  
Imagine Fark without the Internet. I guess it would be a newsletter.
 
2013-07-01 03:27:06 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.


Space Travel
 
2013-07-01 03:27:17 PM  
'e's a witch!  Burn him!
 
2013-07-01 03:27:24 PM  
I actually was saying something similar this weekend (and I work for a tech company). - this was after I was driving by a location near my first house that used to house a travel agency that must have closed years ago (priceline, hotels.com, etc) and then thought about all the other b&m stores that are going away in retail, etc.

We are getting things easier as we can do almost everything on line - but it helps consolidate wealth, takes money from local economies, takes jobs away, people get fatter because they don't have to leave their house if they don't want to (especially if they work virtually) - this is all obviously not due to tech and the internet - but it is a factor. Soon we will all be Wal-E characters, but I don't think the robots will be so nice.

Life moves on, it is what it is, and I actually have a good career because of tech and SaaS - but whatever.
 
2013-07-01 03:28:39 PM  
That makes sense, his industry wouldn't be the dinosaur it is if it weren't for the internet.
 
2013-07-01 03:28:47 PM  
"If I could, I would repeal the Internet"

stoppedreadingthere.jpg
 
2013-07-01 03:29:01 PM  

snailbarf: [fcdn.mtbr.com image 265x199]


indeed
 
2013-07-01 03:29:12 PM  
Drew wouldn't be better off.  He'd need a real job.
 
2013-07-01 03:29:21 PM  
The internet provides information to people for free that they should pay for. One day universities are going to be as sorry as the newspapers.
 
2013-07-01 03:29:52 PM  

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.

Space Travel


GREAT.  Now we're gonna have THAT argument here.
 
2013-07-01 03:30:25 PM  
If we just got rid of printing presses, life would be so much simpler.  What have books ever done for us anyways?
 
2013-07-01 03:31:00 PM  
Shorter version: Old Man Yells at Cloud
 
2013-07-01 03:31:07 PM  

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.

Space Travel


LOL.

What did that transform, and for who?
 
2013-07-01 03:31:59 PM  
WRONG! I am way smarter because of the internet.

It's likely that I know more than just about anyone who existed before 1900 at least.
 
2013-07-01 03:32:09 PM  
I read your article on the internet. With no internet, I wouldn't have seen your article, Mr. Yelling-at-clouds Guy. What do you think of THAT, smart guy?
 
2013-07-01 03:34:10 PM  
Quantum Apostrophe:
sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.

Space Travel

LOL.

What did that transform, and for who?


my god man... TANG!!!
 
2013-07-01 03:35:30 PM  
We'd get over it
 
2013-07-01 03:35:34 PM  

Joelogon: Of course a newspaper columnist would say that. Newspaper readership and classified ad revenue would go back up.


The Uni-bomber's got a column now? Cool.
 
2013-07-01 03:35:37 PM  
That's not how the song goes AT ALL. "desperation, dislocation, separation.. Let it go"
 
2013-07-01 03:36:02 PM  

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe:
sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.

Space Travel

LOL.

What did that transform, and for who?

my god man... TANG!!!


Don't forget Velcro and Teflon.
 
2013-07-01 03:36:09 PM  
Things would be just fine if we stopped at 1200 baud modems and just had NTIS.....
 
2013-07-01 03:36:46 PM  

sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.

Space Travel


thebubble.com.ar
 
2013-07-01 03:37:14 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.


You need more coffee.
 
2013-07-01 03:37:53 PM  
I think the only problem is sometimes you have to sift through a pile of crap to find that gold nugget you were looking for. This guy should go back to polishing his buggy whip collection and listening to his vintage 8 track tapes.
 
2013-07-01 03:38:34 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: sno man: Quantum Apostrophe: exick: But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies

Of which I would provide examples, but I'm pressed for time. Deadlines and such.

Electrification. Indoor plumbing. The Industrial Revolution. Internal combustion. Quantum physics. The transistor. Germ theory. Genetics.

Space Travel

LOL.

What did that transform, and for who?


A truck. Into Maximus Whatsis. For the Decepticons, and that guy that swings with monkeys. Sheesh. Keep up...
 
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