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Does the Internet Really Advance Us As a Society?

The loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changing.
– Bob Dylan

Where I grew up, there was this old widower who used to say of his vacuum cleaner that it didn’t pick anything up, it just reorganized the dirt and that made the house look cleaner. In a sense that’s what the Internet does; it doesn’t eliminate anything, it just reorganizes it and makes us feel like we’ve advanced as a society.

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