Is the Internet all it’s cracked up to be?

The Pew Center has released its third in its series of reports on the future of the Internet. Its executive summary’s opening paragraph is riveting in itself.


A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major technology advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.

They disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance, more forgiving human relations, or better home lives.

OK, I’ll bite. When and how has the Internet ever led to more social tolerance, forgiving human relations, or better home lives?

Where do you think the Internet is heading and how is your life enriched by it — if at all? How much has constant connectivity changed your life and relationships?

Here’s the full report.

  • http://www.SnowProfessor.com SnowProfessor

    Seems we are becoming more connected to devices than we are to the people around us. My bus ride is full of Blackberry keys ticking and iPod wheels shuffling. No one talks about the weather anymore.

  • Jim!!!

    Just for starters, the internet led me to my wife. My life is better.

    And you Bob Collins, I know you’re not fishing for complements, but my life is enriched by your blog.

    I see the internet also as a very good medium for exposing intolerance, more than promoting tolerance.

  • C

    ITS GREAT FOR INFORMATION AND RESEARCH FOR CHILDREN.

    HOWEVER, IT IS ALSO A GREAT TOOL FOR STALKERS TO VIEW THE SITES YOU HAVE VISITED