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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Good vs. Evil: The Internet

The Internet, love it or hate it, it's going to be known as one of the most important innovations of the 20th century and it could very well destroy us all. I started to take a look at how the Internet has shaped our culture and as Hamlet once said, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." That's very true in all things. Of course, if Shakespeare were alive today, he'd have a blog or be writing for television.

Over the next few posts, I'm going to be taking a good versus evil approach to what the Internet has meant to us as a civilization. In each argument I won't always look to the Internet as the issue but what the Internet has done to escalate or enhance the issue. In some cases, the Internet may be the equivalent of a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil causing tornadoes in Texas or it may just be the smoking gun in the murder of our souls. Either way, expect some obscure pop culture references and this little gauge at the bottom of each post declaring the verdict.

For each issue I will explore the following arguments.

  1. Whose Storyline Is It Anyway? How the internet has hurt/helped entertainment.
  2. Seven Sins for Seven Virtures. The internet's influence on the human condition.
  3. Comfortably Dumb. Has the Internet made us smarter or dumber as a race?
  4. Where Should We Be? Did we miss something?

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