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  •  I can't agree with this diary at all, (3+ / 0-)

    and more to the point, the internet is a done deal and there's no going back. IMHO, the advent of the internet and especially the World Wide Web will prove to be even more epoch-making than the development of the printing press.

    I grew up in a time when just making a long distance phone call was a huge deal. The whole family gathered around the phone and we tried to limit the conversation to 3 minutes in order to avoid additional charges.  Now we routinely communicate cost free and in real time with people on the other side of the globe and rarely give it a second thought. It is difficult to see how this could be interpreted as a development that reduced inter-human connectivity.

    Let's not forget that the diarist has an idea, put it into words and it was instanlty available to thousands of interested readers around the country and the world. Before the internet the only option, absent owning a printing press, would be to send a letter off to the editor of the local paper and hope it got published.

    I am sure when printed material became widely available there were detractors who lamented the fact that so many people spent so much time with their noses planted in a book rather than dealing face-to-face with one another. I don't think complaints about the internet are any more valid than hypothetical lamentations about the effects of printed material on human intereaction might have been in the age of Gutenberg.

    To blame any of Obama's perceived shortcomings on the internet has to be a real stretch given that he was almost certainly pushing 30 before he even heard of it, much less used it regularly. His formative years were well past by the time the internet became a factor in society at large.

    Of course there are a number of glaring problems with the internet with privacy issues being at or near the top of the list. But they are all worth the price if they are the necessary cost of having a world of information at one's fingertips.

    Now please excuse me while I go and Google "Kate Middleton Topless" and see what turns up.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:22:07 AM PST

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