Moronic Idea of The Day: Why We Should Get Rid Of The Internet
Mike Masnick at TechDirt posts what should be a piece from The Onion but is actually columnist Robert Samuelson in the Washington Post with, as Masnick puts it, "what might be the silliest, most lacking-in-thought argument for why we should get rid of the internet."
A quote from Samuelson's piece:
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. Amid the controversy over leaks from the National Security Agency, this looms as an even bigger downside.
Leaving aside the anachronism of GPS (er, that's not the internet, Robert), this makes no sense. Samuelson brushes aside the vast benefits of the internet, and the fact that "instant access to vast amounts of information" leads to all sorts of opportunities for positive change in the world, including social and cultural enrichment, as well as economic growth. But none of that matters, because of the threat of an undefined "cyberwar." Samuelson, later in the piece, even seems to admit two things: that there's no evidence that "cyberwar" has done any real damage to date, and that many people think that it never will.
No matter, just because it might possibly happen and might possibly cause some problems, we should ditch the entire internet and everything that came with it.