The Internet Keeps Us More Disconnected?

from the big-generalizations dept

Ah, backlash. Salon is reviewing a recent book The Control Revolution: How The Internet is Putting Individuals in Charge and Changing the World We Know in which they say the author really is saying that the internet, instead of breaking down barriers between people pushes us further apart as we find sources of news and information that agree with us, and stick to them and ignore any other viewpoint. There may be some truth to this, but I don't think that's particularly different than pre-internet, and the internet at least lets curious people have better access to differing points of view. But, that doesn't make as good a story.
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    Mike (profile), 9 Nov 1999 @ 3:27pm

    Re: There is a point here

    Well, we've always known that web better allows people with different interests to better find each other. That's never been disputed. The difference here is looking at the internet and suggesting this is a big negative for the internet. I think the blame is being placed incorrectly. Once again, the internet is just a tool that helps people find more information in an easier fashion... That information could lead to more educated, or more miseducated people. But, placing the blame on the internet is silly and misses the whole point. If this is such a big problem, then look for other ways to solve it... don't blame the tools which also provide plenty of good information to others. Teach people to think critically and explore all sides of an issue.

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