Coming from an old print medium called the magazine and trying to make a mark on a market it has not quite tapped. I suspect that this is nothing more than a ploy to outrage all those Internet addicts out there. Ehehe! Newsweek on Digg?! Come on.
"Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works."
This and other rants point to the all too familiar Internet Grinch. "The Internet! Hmmmph!"
Well, I agree with him 100% that the Internet is one giant cesspool of unedited and a "cacophany more closely resembles citizens band radio, complete with handles, harrasment, and anonymous threats" - I am one of those shouting voices! ! HELLO! CAN YOU HEAR ME MR. STOLL! HELLO! IS THAT LOUD ENOUGH FOR YOU?!
Rather than debunk his arguments, I'd rather present the following question: What would happen if the Internet went *POOF*?
To which my answer is:
- No more WOW!
- The Open Source Movement would have to go back to Snail Mailing Source Code,
- A lot of web companies would shut down
- Hollywood would be definitely happier
- Piracy would be a more tedious endeavor
- People would go back to their cubicles
- Paris Hilton's undergarment (or lack of) won't be that famous anymore
- The Postal Service would be raking in sales from Postage Stamps again
People would buy Newsweek Magazines again! HOORAY!