Re: Does the Internet brings more harm than good?
I think the same question and answer can be applied to almost any scientific advancement in the history. Throughout the history, innumerable advancement have been questioned or even actively impeded due to the fear of its potential harms.
Does fire bring more harm or good? Try asking a lost jungle trekker who just started a fire as well as a bushfire victim, and you will get different answers.
Does in-vitro vertilisation bring more harm or good? An infertile couple and a fundamentalist believer would give you different responses.
Does automobile vehicles bring more harm than good? Ask an accident victim, then ask the people who escaped bushfire on a car.
Does the Internet bring more harm or good? Ask a scientific researcher and a BN politician, I am pretty sure you get different answers too.
Every new invention poses a challenge to the old ways of living, and the Internet is not an exception. The history of human civilisation is a history of scientific progress, we progressed from the discovery of fire, the discovery of electricity, the discovery of destructive atomic forces, and the discovery of basic building blocks of life. All these discoveries come with a potential destructive power, but inevitably all of them became the very building block of our modern civilisation. They are what we are. So instead of looking at the Internet superficially in the context of what they do to a kid who is addicted to Facebook, try to look at the impact of connectedness and the fostering of immense collaboration on a global scale. We will then realise the "harm" of the Internet is not really that significant after all.
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Last edited by youngyew; 29-03-2010 at 08:46 PM.