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re: re: ‘Today Show’—’What Is the Internet, Anyway?’

Kramer—oh, that piece (The Internet? Bah!: Hype alert: Why cyberspace isn’t, and will never be, nirvana) is great. But I can’t resist spoiling it:

“…no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.”

Ha! Well, okay, one out of three ain’t bad. But even the last is a bit wrong in that government has much to fear from the exposure and communication afforded by the Internet and related technologies, just as cockroaches scurry to the shadows from the kitchen floor when you turn a light on at midnight.

And this: “Lacking editors, reviewers or critics, the Internet has become a wasteland of unfiltered data”—no offense, Wikipedia!

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9:30 am on June 11, 2011