[LINK] Oh, that evil Internet!
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Thu Jul 23 17:07:48 AEST 2009
David Boxall wrote:
>> A Melbourne mother has blamed her 14-year-old daughter's suicide on
>> the internet ... "I can guarantee you if she didn't go on the internet Friday night she'd be alive today."
> Is there really anything new here? Bullying happened long before the
"New" is in the eye of the beholder (and polemicist).
I observe that when the Internet is implicated in something good and
wonderful -- like collaboration, consumer generated content, search or
social networking -- then it certainly is regarded as new (and
disruptive, transformative, radical etc.).
But when it's implicated in something bad -- like piracy, file-sharing,
bullying and porn -- then the Internet is often said to be nothing new
at all really, just another communications medium, ho hum.
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