Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Net Worth

Today's column for the Daily Banter deals with the lost promise of the internet.

Here's the opening shot:

"Last week on the podcast I regularly do with Bob Cesca, I mentioned, only half-jokingly, that there are times I wish the internet would just go away. Obviously, there’s no denying that the internet as a global public forum, marketplace for the exchange of ideas, and tool for researching and networking is truly one of the great wonders of the world, a creation so culturally significant that it’s almost impossible to remember what our lives were like before it came along. Also, I won’t deny the irony of the fact that I made my little negative comment about the internet — and am making this one — on a platform that wouldn’t exist were it not for the hyper-connectivity provided by the internet itself. Still, while digital media have allowed us access to an unparalleled amount of information which should, by any measure, make us the smartest our society has ever been, they’ve also allowed idiots access to an unparalleled amount of misinformation and elevated it to the point where the moron hive-mind can become just as powerful as the intellectual one. I realize I’m not breaking a lot of new ground by saying this, but rather than making us smarter as a culture, I’m pretty sure the free and instantaneous exchange of ideas provided by the internet is actually making us dumber because so often those ideas we’re freely, instantaneously exchanging are fucking nonsense.

Case in point: A YouTube clip called 'The Sandy Hook Shooting — Fully Exposed,' which advances the theory that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting last month was at least partially a hoax, has garnered almost nine-million views in just one week."

Read the Rest Here


Anonymous said...

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Honestly, even without the internet, we would still have Fox News and the Tea Party, both of which trumpet plenty of misinformation.

My real complaint about the internet is how easy it has made it for people to broadcast every inane event in their lives. Twitter and Facebook are particularly culpable.

Milpa said...

It also seems that every opinion has now become a fact. The internet as a reference source is a very dangerous thing.

kanye said...


You got a link for that?

Mart said...

Elvis' death was surely faked when I was a teenager. This stuff has gone on forever. I think removing the media fairness doctrine has mainstreamed it more than the internet. FOX could would not have been able to unabashedly promote the baggers with it. Glen Beck would be on a small station in the middle of nowhere Utah.