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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 43
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2013-07-01 02:38:50 PM
8 votes:
Of course a newspaper columnist would say that. Newspaper readership and classified ad revenue would go back up.
2013-07-01 03:19:43 PM
5 votes:
fcdn.mtbr.com
2013-07-01 03:25:51 PM
4 votes:
What has GPS got to do with the Internet?
2013-07-01 03:19:07 PM
4 votes:
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 02:43:27 PM
4 votes:
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 03:42:11 PM
3 votes:
I got to "..the convenience of GPS.." and realized he thought that GPS was part of the internet and I stopped right there.  Too many stories to read to read a knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, waste of DNA.  Robert J. Samuelson, you sir are an idiot.
2013-07-01 03:21:43 PM
3 votes:
This printing press thing ain't all it's cracked up to be, said the scribe.
2013-07-01 04:00:38 PM
2 votes:
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. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more. But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies, and it brings with it a terrifying danger: cyberwar.  [snip]  So much depends on the Internet that its vulnerability to sabotage invites doomsday visions of the breakdown of order and trust.

By this idiotic logic, we should ban all technology. Electricity is bad because people get dependent on it, and then when the power goes out they can't heat their homes or cook meals or even buy gasoline for their cars, which means terrorists can ruin us simply by cutting off the power. Indoor plumbing is bad because when the toilet breaks or clogs people have no way to safely dispose of their own waste. Satellite communications are bad because if the satellites break down or the signal is blocked people are helpless and have no way of keeping in touch .....
2013-07-01 03:42:10 PM
2 votes:
This guy does not comprehend 1/100th of what the internet does, and that's a fairly conservative estimate.
2013-07-01 03:40:52 PM
2 votes:
I heard a fascinating Ted Talk recently about how the entire educational system has been basically rendered obsolete by the Internet.  The premise was that the educational system, as it exists today, was essentially created to churn out cogs in the "human computer" necessary to run and maintian the British Empire,  As such it focused on memorization of large quantitites of facts, the ability to do basic arithmentic in your head quickly, and to be able to write legibly and efficently.

Now that the collective human computer that ran the empire has been replaced with actual computers, and to a large extent the network of computers we call the internet, what real utilityis there to memorizing large quantities of facts, when you can almost always retrieve those same facts at a moment's notice? Isn't it now more important to learn HOW to retrieve information, and discriminate the quality of information you are recieving  than it is to simply memorize it?
2013-07-01 03:38:41 PM
2 votes:
He's afraid cyber attacks will temporarily damage part of the internet. So he wants to get rid of the whole internet forever.

I wonder if he's worried about getting the flu this winter. If so, I have a foolproof suggestion for him:

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2013-07-01 03:25:40 PM
2 votes:
If I could turn back time, If I could find a way.
2013-07-01 03:24:39 PM
2 votes:
the Y2K phenomenon in 2000 (the date change was allegedly going to disable many computer chips)

*stab stab stab stab*
2013-07-01 03:22:52 PM
2 votes:

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 03:20:01 PM
2 votes:
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 03:19:24 PM
2 votes:
Back when people paid attention to newspaper columnists...
2013-07-02 12:14:25 AM
1 votes:
I thought Andy Rooney had died.
2013-07-01 11:08:56 PM
1 votes:
Time for your meds grandpa
2013-07-01 06:31:03 PM
1 votes:

Greylight: Doing math without a calculator used to be much more common, now even those who learned to do high school math without calculators forget from disuse.


Writing without a ballpoint pen used to be much more common, now even those who learned to fill (or earlier, cut) nibs in school forget from disuse.

Technology changes the way we do things, and even the things we do. If you see some detriment in the new system feel free to point it out. But simply noting that things have changed and the skills we consider important have changed not evidence that we need to continue teaching those old skills.
2013-07-01 06:17:57 PM
1 votes:
You can't. F*ck off.

-Sincerely, The Internet
2013-07-01 04:56:32 PM
1 votes:
Arguing against the Internet is like arguing against gravity.  The quicker dissemination of information was going to happen.  It used to be libraries.  Now it's electronic.  The hardest thing to figure out is where this takes us next and whether we mature enough to use the connectivity, information and decision making aids in a coherent enough fashion to get there in one piece.  Flip a coin.  Can we still communicate well with each other? Text AND drive?
2013-07-01 04:21:54 PM
1 votes:

hitlersbrain: 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

Yes, what would the world be like if we had not dropped some crap on the moon and a few other planets? Would the sky still be blue?


There's these new things called "satellites."
You may want to look into what they are used for.
2013-07-01 04:14:45 PM
1 votes:
FTA: I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more.

I stopped reading right there. If you have no idea that GPS is not part of, nor facilitated by the internet, then you have lost a lot of credibility.
2013-07-01 04:14:44 PM
1 votes:
"Repeal"?

Only a columnist could think reality can be changed instantly with some well-placed authoritative words.  Just repeal the authority for it, and POOF!  Reality changes!  He says it like he's repealing agriculture.  Repealing the scientific method.  Repealing alphabets.

"Just say the magic words that will make the bad things go away!"

What are the odds that he's big on the State running people's lives?

"He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from Harvard University, where he majored in government."

Naturally.
2013-07-01 04:09:42 PM
1 votes:

Goddess of Atheism: 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. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more. But the Internet's benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies, and it brings with it a terrifying danger: cyberwar.  [snip]  So much depends on the Internet that its vulnerability to sabotage invites doomsday visions of the breakdown of order and trust.

By this idiotic logic, we should ban all technology. Electricity is bad because people get dependent on it, and then when the power goes out they can't heat their homes or cook meals or even buy gasoline for their cars, which means terrorists can ruin us simply by cutting off the power. Indoor plumbing is bad because when the toilet breaks or clogs people have no way to safely dispose of their own waste. Satellite communications are bad because if the satellites break down or the signal is blocked people are helpless and have no way of keeping in touch .....


Well maybe not electricity generally, but that ALternating Current stuff is downright dangerous, it uses voltage so high they could actually KILL a human being, or even an elephant I hear...
2013-07-01 04:03:49 PM
1 votes:
By the same logic:

I would have repealed the locomotive in the early 1800's.
The telegraph in the late 1800's.
The telephone.
etc...

In other words, we can't move forward because some incredibly unlikely scenario may happen and destroy the world.
2013-07-01 03:55:01 PM
1 votes:
For those foretelling the death of education due to the Internet:

Please remember that the hallmark of a GOOD education is not that it provides facts, but that it contextualizes facts.  Google can, indeed, tell you when Columbus crossed the Atlantic.  And Wikipedia might be able to tell you a lot about his life.  But if you want a good and complete answer to why he crossed then (and not 10 years earlier or later), then you need to understand the Moorish occupation of Spain, its recapture by Christians, the political competition between Spain, Portugal, and Italy for the favor of the Vatican, the rising demand for exotic goods caused by the slow uptick in discretionary spending money among the small landowners in Europe and Britain, the problems posed by the Venetian monopoly on the Silk Road, and on, and on, and on.

I'm not aware of any website, or series of them, that does anything approaching a good job of weaving these sorts of webs of knowledge together for you.  The Columbus Wiki certainly isn't going to give you much of a start.  The teacher is the synthasizer of knowledge, pulling disparate threads together in order to create a meaningful tableau of knowledge.  The web isn't going to replace that any time soon.  And the first few websites/applications that start to do even a passable job of that aren't going to be free.  They'll be competitively priced with what they're replacing.
2013-07-01 03:52:07 PM
1 votes:
Too late...

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2013-07-01 03:51:53 PM
1 votes:
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed.

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2013-07-01 03:40:58 PM
1 votes:

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 a truth that must be protected by lies
2013-07-01 03:40:55 PM
1 votes:
Why in the flaming fark would you want to have an internet-enabled missile?

"AGM-65D Says: About to go off-target into an orphanage! #YOLO (👍 like this)"
2013-07-01 03:37:53 PM
1 votes:
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 03:37:14 PM
1 votes:

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 03:35:34 PM
1 votes:

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 03:32:09 PM
1 votes:
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 03:31:59 PM
1 votes:
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 03:29:01 PM
1 votes:

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


indeed
2013-07-01 03:28:47 PM
1 votes:
"If I could, I would repeal the Internet"

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2013-07-01 03:27:24 PM
1 votes:
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 03:26:53 PM
1 votes:
People who don't understand things really shouldn't be writing essays on them, that's how stupid is made.
2013-07-01 03:24:03 PM
1 votes:
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 03:20:33 PM
1 votes:

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 03:20:30 PM
1 votes:

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.
 
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