“If I could, I would repeal the Internet,” wrote Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson on June 30. “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.”
When “the Internet” heard this news, it didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or get really pissed off. The Internet is the opposite of progress!? Them’s fighting words! Pretty bold talk from a writer who has been covering business and economic affairs for nearly four decades. You wanna repeal the Internet? Why not uninvent the Gutenberg printing press, while you’re at it?
Samuelson cites the danger of cyberwarfare as his primary reason for wanting to roll back the tide. The Internet has created “new avenues for conflict and mayhem,” he writes, and even though we can’t point to a whole lot of lives lost as a result of the Internet, well, it could happen!
Pretty radical suggestion given the fact that the World is deeply into the processes of an economic transition. And the Internet is fueling the transition in ways that are genuinely valuable and others that are seamy and suspicious.
Just what we need – more controversy,conflict, and mayhem.
Thanks to Andrew Leonard and Salon