Wednesday, September 15, 2010

3086 The internet is going to kill us

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.
-- Erma Bombeck --


The internet is going to eventually kill us.

Stuff gets around too fast, and to everyone. People are able to organize too easily. The human mind hasn't kept pace with the availability of information. It's too easy to quickly inflame emotions.

World war III, the final one, will be kicked off by some idiot in the backwoods with a smartphone, who gets the wrong people excited, and within minutes pisses off and divides the world. Those excited people don't even have to be the people who had enough diplomacy and smarts to have power. (That's different from how WWI was "started by one guy with a gun". He shot an internationally known person, the emotional conditions that fed the reactions had been brewing for a long time, and the decision to go to war required time for thought and organization.)

These days, one guy can do or say something stupid and instantly, with no forethought, everything can explode.

This scares me.

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