I really wanted to put this one under Humor.The Times of India has a very funny story by John O\'Farrell, who seems to honestly believe the internet is a waste of time.
\"The usefulness of the Internet has been hyped out of all proportion. All it does is make information more easily available. The downside of this is that in doing so it creates an enormous amount of new material, most of which is just information for its own sake. Clearly, there are some specialist occupations for whom the Internet is a vital resource, but since I am not a white supremacist with an interest in hardcore pornography, I find that most of the sites are not really for me.\"
He does go on to defend Libraries....Clearly, there are some specialist occupations for whom the Internet is a vital resource, but since I am not a white supremacist with an interest in hardcore pornography, I find that most of the sites are not really for me. Knowledge is a wonderful thing, but for the time being I can survive without the latest major league baseball statistics delivered instantly to my e-mail address.
But imagine if a new craze suddenly came over from America called \"the library.\" Inside were these things called \"books\" about everything -- encyclopaedias, great works of literature, children\'s stories, manuals, history books, more reading material than you could ever hope to devour. And you could take these texts out of the library for free because these \"book\" things were even more portable than a laptop, you could \"read\" them on the bus, in bed at night, anywhere. We would think it was the most fantastic development in the world.
Yet, today, libraries are closing while funding for the Internet seems limitless. Is this because we have read all the books there are to read? No, it is simply that the Internet is new. It is so new that even the cynical British have failed to see that it is not a super-highway at all, but the information equivalent of the highway in the rush hour.