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    I can't really escape the conclusion that for most people, the internet has been a bad thing. In many ways. /1

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    Tom Nichols

    I was in my 20s when the internet arrived, and I loved it. Especially the way it could link me to other scholars and resources. /2

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    And the internet, like gunpowder or nuclear energy is a boon. Except in the hands of people who misuse it. Which is nearly everyone. /3

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    It's made the world smaller, sure, but mostly to create less distance for bad information to travel and nuts to find each other. /4

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    It's also been the spark for an epidemic of relative deprivation that is destabilizing our democracy. /5

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    It's also encouraged our worse impulses. The internet's dark side has likely broken up more relationships than whiskey and cards. /6

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    And instead of democratizing information, it's created a buyer's market for stupidity delivered at the speed of cable. /7

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    Do I think people were better off having to read a book and only having 4, 10, or even 15 channels? Yes.
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    It's even made us (including me) phobic about being out of touch with each other for just minutes. (WHERE'S MY PHONE?!) No quiet time. /9

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    So, while I love the internet, I think it's been a dangerous, anti-social development in an affluent society that can't handle it. /11

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    And yet, here I am, because this is the new public space. For better - or mostly - worse. /12x

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