The events of the last two years have shown the Internet is going through some growing pains. Things not anticipated, because the Internet was so full of optimism and happy thoughts in the 90s and early 00s. We were finally getting quality content! We were seeing images larger than a postage stamp, and we were receiving them in less than an hour! Sites began to focus themselves on topics, arrange themselves into groups (“networks”), and generally up the ante.
But underneath it all, there were hate-groups were collecting like-minded bigots and building recursive-feedback loops of poison and lies, and incels complaining about the fact that women weren’t throwing themselves at them to the point of encouraging violence and hatred against women for just not giving them what they want, and human-trafficking groups trading children and women like things to possess, and even worse things in the Dark Web, where everything is for sale.
The Internet brought out the best in people, and the worst. And the best is amazing – the ability to find a restaurant anywhere, to speak to people across the world in meaningful ways, to share knowledge and collaborate and be creative. Continue reading