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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 49
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2013-07-01 03:19:43 PM  
9 votes:
fcdn.mtbr.com
2013-07-01 02:43:27 PM  
5 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 03:51:53 PM  
4 votes:
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed.

i275.photobucket.com
2013-07-01 03:40:55 PM  
4 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 03:24:54 PM  
4 votes:
Wait till he finds out about the horseless carriages.
2013-07-01 03:49:07 PM  
3 votes:
I hates the interwebs
www.washingtonpost.com
2013-07-01 03:38:41 PM  
3 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:

img2.timeinc.net
2013-07-01 03:25:18 PM  
3 votes:
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 04:12:08 PM  
2 votes:
Movie night at this idiot's house...

www.hrrc.org
2013-07-01 04:09:42 PM  
2 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 03:53:39 PM  
2 votes:
Dear cloud-yelling article writer person:
OK look bud, these guys said the same thing 40 years ago and they were one HELL of a lot more entertaining than you.
So just. shut. up.
www.themusicslut.com
2013-07-01 03:52:07 PM  
2 votes:
Too late...

24.media.tumblr.com
2013-07-01 03:27:17 PM  
2 votes:
'e's a witch!  Burn him!
2013-07-01 03:26:34 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:22:25 PM  
2 votes:
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 03:19:24 PM  
2 votes:
Back when people paid attention to newspaper columnists...
2013-07-01 02:52:11 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:10:28 PM  
1 votes:
All that porn ain't gonna watch itself...
2013-07-01 04:09:21 PM  
1 votes:
He's afraid cyber attacks will temporarily damage part of the internet. So he wants to get rid of the whole internet forever.

Thanks. That is what I got out of it as well and was wondering if he was really using an argument that stupid or if I was misreading it.
2013-07-01 03:59:28 PM  
1 votes:

Uberunder: 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.


Christopher Columbus directed the Harry Potter movies, Poindexter.
2013-07-01 03:54:54 PM  
1 votes:
As someone who has won the internets right here on this very site, I refuse to give it back!
2013-07-01 03:54:17 PM  
1 votes:
www.washingtonpost.comIf I could, I would repeal the Internet and bring us all back to the days when a mustache was a sign of being manly, not "ironic."
2013-07-01 03:53:10 PM  
1 votes:
Those damn kids need to get their internet off my lawn.
2013-07-01 03:48:09 PM  
1 votes:
the convenience of GPS

Internet. GPS. Wat.

cyberwar
power grids, pipelines, communication and financial systems, business record-keeping and supply-chain operations, railroads and airlines, databases of all types (from hospitals to government agencies)


Ok, but if people stop putting things on the internet that don't belong there... And if classified systems had their other connections to the outside world (peripheral busses, CD/DVD writable drives, jacks of all kinds) removed or atleast locked down...

In the mid-1980s, most of these systems were self-contained. They relied on dedicated phone lines and private communications networks. They were hard to infiltrate.

My ass. They were hard to find and hard to understand, but then once you did there was basically no security. Because no one bothered to test anything and anyone reporting an "open door" into a system was treated with hostility and suspicion. You were more likely to be in trouble and the problem was more likely to be left hanging open.

Since then, many systems switched to the Internet. The architects of these conversions apparently underestimated the risk of sabotage.

It's all been done stupidly, certainly. See my above "start pulling cables and disconnecting things" idea. Really why does "internet" get read as "the internet, which all things must necessarily be connected to like a giant swallowing monster"?

As yet, there has been little. One publicized incident occurred in 2012 when hostile software ("malware") infected an estimated 30,000 computers of Aramco, Saudi Arabia's oil company. Business operations suffered, but oil production and delivery continued.

You're forgetting that anything truly bad gets swept under the rug, for reasons of insurance rates and lost customers and lost investors and so on.

What I'm getting at is, yes, obviously the internet has brought all kinds of trouble. But that's not intrinsic to the internet itself: Hire network administrators with brains, pay them what they're worth, and this all gets easier.
2013-07-01 03:45:51 PM  
1 votes:
I was gonna comment on how ridiculous this is but I would rather look at cute cats on Reddit, save 2,000 pornographic images to my hard drive using an automated Firefox extension, and read Gwyneth Paltrow's Twitter and I forgot what I was going to say but ROFLMAO U mad bro?
2013-07-01 03:43:44 PM  
1 votes:
Article written by Bizarro Thomas Friedman.
2013-07-01 03:42:11 PM  
1 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 03:42:10 PM  
1 votes:
This guy does not comprehend 1/100th of what the internet does, and that's a fairly conservative estimate.
2013-07-01 03:40:58 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 03:40:19 PM  
1 votes:
So this guy thinks Live Free or Die Hard was a documentary?
2013-07-01 03:38:53 PM  
1 votes:
The invention of the telephone brought us bomb threats.
The invention of the wheel brought us tanks.
The invention of fire-making brought us, er, fires....

/I got nothing
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 03:35:34 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 03:31:00 PM  
1 votes:
Shorter version: Old Man Yells at Cloud
2013-07-01 03:30:25 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:29:21 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:29:12 PM  
1 votes:
Drew wouldn't be better off.  He'd need a real job.
2013-07-01 03:27:06 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.


Space Travel
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 03:25:51 PM  
1 votes:
What has GPS got to do with the Internet?
2013-07-01 03:24:39 PM  
1 votes:
the Y2K phenomenon in 2000 (the date change was allegedly going to disable many computer chips)

*stab stab stab stab*
2013-07-01 03:24:03 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 03:22:52 PM  
1 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 03:21:43 PM  
1 votes:
This printing press thing ain't all it's cracked up to be, said the scribe.
2013-07-01 03:20:01 PM  
1 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 03:19:28 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:38:50 PM  
1 votes:
Of course a newspaper columnist would say that. Newspaper readership and classified ad revenue would go back up.
 
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