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Blame Al Gore: 5 Reasons to Hate the Internet
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Blame It On The Net ?
  • 4/20/2013 5:48:13 PM
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Really enjoyed this piece Noreen,  we could blame Al for a lot of things I imagine. I am just glad that his 5mins is up ( I hope) .  But it is interesting to note all of the negative (?) things that have come about as a result of the Net.

Not sure you can completely argue that these issues would not have occurred if the Net had not come to be.   Every issue you list is real and something moving forward will we all have to accept and make work for us in a positive sense.

Re: Less Work More Welfare?
  • 4/19/2013 10:09:42 PM
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@Jeff, many of the people you are talking about most likely were failed by the American public education system, which is geared to support the learned disabled and the very bright -- but leaves everyone else in the middle hanging. And once you are out of high school or out of some middling college and have debts and a family, it is hard to just switch gears like you say.

Re: Less Work More Welfare?
  • 4/19/2013 2:06:38 PM
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Jeff, no question that there is no substitute for drive and staying prepared in this fast moving and changing climate. But one factor at play not to be discarded is supply and demand. There are fewer jobs for more people and this leads to wage suppression and a musical chair scenerio. True we all have to be competitive and stay sharp but competition creates winners and losers. Most reports are indicating the level of losers is climing. Not sustainable as a society without making fundamental reforms.

Re: The otherside of the coin
  • 4/19/2013 1:20:31 PM
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@Phoenix - I too haven't seen many problems from internet other than the security problems. I think internet has been a great tool for technology to evolve. Imaging a life without internet, could you live without it?

Re: Less Work More Welfare?
  • 4/18/2013 10:12:57 AM
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I don't know.  I think people who want to work will find work to do.  And if that work doesn't pay off, a hardworking person knows to switch gears.  There are a lot of people suffering right now, looking for jobs.  I don't want to cast them negatively, but I think, and this is just my opinion.  That many of those who are suffering, didn't want to work in the first place or didn't stay alert, stay connected...prepare...for the changes that were happening.  You can't just master what you are doing you have to keep looking forward and prepare to master the next thing too.  I think many americans got lazy and complacent and they are paying for it, that said, I know they will come back stronger, find work and do it well.

Re: The otherside of the coin
  • 4/17/2013 9:30:50 AM
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Noreen, I think there are two sides to that coin, a lot of creative people have found much more exposure for their work via the internet. I actually bought a print from a photographer that he posted on Google+, I saw the pic in my stream, liked it, so I messaged the person about buying a print. I also have several books on my iPad that were self published, wouldnt selling books and getting more of the revenue be better than not being able to publish them? 

Re: The otherside of the coin
  • 4/17/2013 8:09:34 AM
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Yes it does seem difficult if not impossible to get away from the free model once you've got that direction.  I've seen a lot of attempts to offer premium content or individualized content at a cost but chances are that is offered for free elsewhere and people will find it.

Re: The otherside of the coin
  • 4/17/2013 7:57:01 AM
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The big losers in the transition to an Internet economy are creative types: authors, artists, etc. who have been forced to sell their work for little or no money.

Re: The otherside of the coin
  • 4/16/2013 12:29:59 PM
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Phoenix, I am in the same boat, for me my positive experiences with the Internet and technology far outweigh the negative.

Re: The otherside of the coin
  • 4/16/2013 12:16:44 PM
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I think it all depends on your own personal life experiences with the Internet. I can say that the positive experiences are greater than the negatives for me. But then again it's your own perception.

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