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Opening Arguments


That dang Internet will never get off the ground:

After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.

Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in 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.

Whew, thank goodness; no database will replace the daily newspaper. The above excerpt is from a 1995 column in Newsweek. It's a good thing we have such visionaries looking out for our future.

Posted in: History, Web/Tech


Mon, 03/24/2008 - 12:34pm

I don't know what is more interesting; How dead wrong the author was, or the fact that the article is now archived on the site...

Bob G.
Mon, 03/24/2008 - 3:14pm

Agreed, but in what FORMAT is the article archived????
That might speak volumes in and of itself...LOL!