Friday, February 06, 2004

Internet doom - Have we brought it upon ourselves? Should the pioneers, the techies and the geeks, realise our role in the unabated shamelessness with which we promoted new technology? Was there far too much hype (even if it had the potential to live up to it) surrounding IT for our own good, and should we have worked out that the mainstream public weren't ready to use it responsibly?

Or.. "should we give guns to monkeys", as I like to think of it.

As it is, everyone on the Internet wields some form of "technical power", whether it be accessing a poll, sending an e-mail, or clicking on an e-mail-borne virus. As with all forms of influence, it is up to the individual to decide what to do with the power, and how much responsibility to accept along with it.

Are we in a position where people have the power to disrupt, but don't acknowledge their responsibilities? Guns. Monkeys. We're doomed.

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