The Internet has changed the way we live so drastically in such a brief span that it’s almost impossible to even remember how things used to be.
I’m of the opinion that it’s mainly been a shift for the better because of the transparency and ease of communication it fosters. Among the little things I appreciate:
- It’s much harder for businesses to rip people off and treat customers badly in a world with online reviews. Word will get around.
- You can find amazing people in every corner of the globe that you never would have met without the Internet.
- I love the new universal jokes that we all share, like Twitter preparing for the “apocalypse” after the crackpot preacher’s prediction.
- There’s so much potential for grassroots efforts and things bubbling up to the cultural surface and collective discovery.
For the most part, social media just accelerates what we as humans do already. It makes conversations spread more quickly and frees up more time for us to do more and find the most amazing places and things and people on the planet.
On the other hand…
It’s not all good. By no means is it all good. We’re all closer together, and that means we’re closer to the worst elements as well.
All too often people use the anonymity of the Internet to be crueler than they ever would be in real life, and the obliteration of privacy is something I’m not sure we’re all really prepared for. The Internet doesn’t always appeal to our best natures and can bring out the very worst in us.
What do you think – if you had to tally it all up, is the Internet making the world a better or worse place?
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Art: Selbstporträt – Claudio Castelucho