Is it Time to Destroy the Internet?

Is it Time to Destroy the Internet?


Today we live in the age of instant information
and instant gratification, and many people feel they cannot live without the internet. However, for the longest time humanity did
just fine without it in their lives, and we could do so again. In fact, the truth is that at this point,
the internet is probably doing more harm than good to humanity, and it would be better if
it just went away for a while. While that may sound radical to some, we have
our reasons for saying so, which we will explain in today’s article. 10. The Internet Can Connect People, But It Can
Also Isolate You To The World Close To You Many people like to talk about how it is such
a great positive that the internet connects people from all over the world on sites like
Facebook. However, when you really stop to think about
it, while it seems like it is keeping us all connected, it can also keep us isolated without
us even realizing it. The problem is that when we see the little
status updates, and get that dopamine high, especially when we are already busy with real
life; it fulfills this part of our mind that believes we need to stay in touch with people
and spend time with them. That psychological fulfillment makes us think
we are being connected, but unless we are actually at least having conversations and
talking to them through messenger, we are more alone than ever, despite being able to
see pictures of their children and leave a like or two. We may be more connected, but we are also
more isolated than ever. 9. The Internet Has Almost All Knowledge, But
It Lacks A Filter To Help You Evaluate It The internet is often praised because it is
a repository of pretty much the sum total of all human knowledge (minus certain things
that are secret of classified). However, while this may sound like one of
the greatest things ever, it is a double-edged sword and comes at a great cost. We were always able to get to the vast majority
of humanity’s non-secret knowledge through libraries or other sources, but it took us
longer to do so, and required us to go through more trusted sources first. Now, through the internet, we can find thousands
or even millions of results about the same thing, and there is no guarantee they are
going to agree on any given bit of information. In fact, more often than not, they don’t. When researching anything online, you have
to be careful about who is and isn’t a legitimate source. This can be tricky because the internet has
made us all think we are experts on everything when we really aren’t. Evaluating information when you don’t know
a subject well already is extra hard, and if someone wants to build a foundation first
to understand the information they found on the internet, they usually try to build that
foundation of knowledge… on the internet. 8. Facebook Has Become So Omnipresent It Is Sui
Generis In Terms Of Power Sui generis means “in a class of its own”
and that is basically what has happened with the social media site Facebook. It has become so dominant and so powerful
that its influence can practically be compared to that of many governments, and there is
little in the way of real regulation to control how or why they do business the way they do. Some countries have occasionally turned Facebook
off for a bit in times of crisis, but the backlash is usually so fierce that it quickly
returns. This brings up the question about what to
do with something like Facebook in the long term. As a single company, without taking any of
our money, they have managed an insane amount of influence over our daily lives, and no
social network, or social habits, seem currently capable of breaking people of that influence
(or addiction, as the case may be with some, due to the constant dopamine high we get from
scrolling through). The truth is that something like Facebook
is simply unprecedented in known human history, and it could have unknown ramifications decades
from now — it is already hard to quantify just how much it is changing the way we interact,
and removing the internet entirely may be the only way to stop it. 7. No Bad Idea Cannot Be Found With Detailed
Instructions And Advocates For Its Use The internet is a place where you can find
information about pretty much anything — and sometimes you don’t even have to look that
hard. Unfortunately, this isn’t limited to just
the good stuff. If you want instructions for how to 3D print
a gun, or make bombs or other dangerous things, you just need to hop online, and that’s
really only the start. If it’s illegal and you can think of it,
its online. And the internet just isn’t policed that
well, as people are uploading things constantly and creating new web pages all the time, and
there is little oversight. The FBI and other international organizations
are constantly looking for things like child pornography and some of the worst, most illegal
things that are being shown, sold, or given instructions on how to do, but it’s like
trying to remove all the water out of the ocean with a bucket. And, to make matters worse, a lot of legal
gray areas make the information hard to take down as long as the person says they aren’t
actually using it, and that it’s just for educational purposes. 6. The Internet Has Normalized All Kinds Of Bizarre
Fetishes Into The Mainstream Now, don’t get us wrong, we aren’t saying
we are prudishly against pornography or that there is anything wrong with something that
consenting people do in their own bedrooms. However, the proliferation of pornography
on the internet, as satirized by South Park, has often made it harder and harder for a
lot of people to get off simply by watching, reading, or thinking about normal, vanilla
sex. It’s practically boring now to some people
(you can find dozens of articles online about whether or not you should “shame” people
for liking vanilla sex), and almost every piece of sexual media now has some kind of
strange fetish, or some special element to it to make it more interesting. In a way this is not surprising, as the internet
has led to a renaissance in terms of high quality entertainment, but it has also led
to a situation where many young people start getting into sex and expect things that may
not necessarily be reality. And also, while it may be easy enough to find
people into the stranger fetishes online, it may be a lot harder to find a partner who
is also into it, and the internet is full of people talking about how they are struggling
either to get their partner to accept their fetish, or deal with their partner’s strangeness. This doesn’t mean it’s wrong to have a
harmless but weird fetish, but it has made a lot of young people have unrealistic expectations
about sex, and maybe given them an inaccurate view of how easy it is to find a compatible
partner that shares a rarer fetish. 5. Child Pornography Has Proliferated Like Never
Before In the age of the internet, child porn has
become a huge problem, and it isn’t showing signs of stopping anytime soon. The problem is that the internet is worldwide
and people can upload things from any corner of the globe, which makes it hard to actually
punish or get to a lot of people even when you do realize who is the one perpetrating
the wrongdoing. You may have to refer things to their country’s
law enforcement and wait, while children are suffering. And of course, that is if you can track them
to begin with, as evil child pornographers are constantly using new tools in an attempt
to stay anonymous with the authorities. And for webmasters, you cannot just ban people
in most cases from posting pictures at all (you would have no one left using your websites),
so instead, with a combination of automated programs, and often traumatized humans, we
as a species play a grim game of child porn whack-a-mole. But as long as the internet exists, especially
as the mostly unregulated international entity that it is, it is unlikely we will ever be
able to eradicate it from the worldwide web entirely. 4. Bullying Has Now Been Taken To An Entirely
New Level In The Modern Age Back in the day, if you wanted to bully someone
you had to at least have the courage to face them in person, or maybe call their house,
which required a little more nerve than a quick message on Facebook. Now, people feel emboldened to simply be mean,
and to constantly attack others all day on social media, even when they know full well
if they pulled that in person they would probably get a very real punch in the face. Now, whole gangs of kids can easily harass
one person without leaving the comfort of their homes, and drive them to suicide. And it’s rather hard to properly punish
them for it. Unless they are actually demonstrably encouraging
someone to commit suicide, that kind of intent can be hard to prove, and punishments are
much less harsh for minors anyway, from a legal standpoint. The truth is that as long as the internet
exists, at least as such an unregulated entity, it is going to be a hotbed for bullying, whether
it is just an individual or an entire group ganging up on other kids, and it is going
to be very hard to stop. It gives bullies a feeling of power, and it
causes the victims to feel like they never have a place they can go to escape the pain. Some would say just go offline, but with the
youth of today, that pretty much involves social isolation, so it isn’t really an
effective or long term escape from the bullying. 3. No Matter How Bad What You Believe Is, You
Will Find Friends Online Before the dawn of the internet, if you had
really awful ideas, such as racism, it would be really hard to find that many people who
agreed with you that vociferously, especially depending on where you live. However, with the help of the internet you
can find people who will agree with any bad idea you have. You could believe that young boys should be
able to consent to sex like NAMBLA, the very real organization satirized on South Park,
or that sex with animals is okay, or whatever bad idea you can imagine. You will find friends on the internet. And it has gotten bad enough that you will
find people who not only think it isn’t so bad, but will defend it (and you) to the
ends of the earth. This allows bad ideas that were on the fringe,
and dying out, to see a sudden resurgence in popularity, and infect an entirely new
generation with some of the same old bad ideas and behaviors we once thought we had eliminated. With the help of such mass communication,
it is all too easy to ensure that no bad idea ever truly dies, and sometimes even returns
stronger than ever. 2. It Is No Longer A Bastion Of Free Communication,
And Its Usefulness Is Ending Quickly Net neutrality has officially ended in the
USA, and despite efforts to curtail the inevitable, the telecoms are winning the battle, and their
money is winning the day. However, after all that spending, all they
really may end up doing is killing the internet once and for all, and as such foolishly killing
their own business off like the greedy idiots they are. The truth is that the free enterprise and
fairness and ability of anyone to do anything on the internet was what made it useful, despite
the double-edged sword aspects, and with that gone it will slowly become more like a slightly
interactive form of cable television. When the big telecoms start to control more
and more corners of the internet, and independent and burgeoning websites begin to die off,
people will find it less and less useful, and perhaps spend more time interacting with
each other in person for a change, or at least reach out through telephone chatting more,
instead of just “liking” or “retweeting” things. The fact of the matter is that when something
that was all about free communication becomes… well, not that, it’s hard to expect it to
exist much longer, at least in anything close to its current form. 1. It Has Almost Become “Too Big Too Fail”
and The Consequences Could Be Dire Now, the argument by some when we talk about
moving on from the internet is that it’s almost too integral a part of daily life,
and “too big to fail.” However, the argument against this is the
same one many made against bailing out certain banks after financial collapses. The idea is that if something is too big too
fail, then we need to let it fail anyway and fix the mess regardless of the pain, because
something that we can live without, but that is “too big too fail,” is overall a detriment
to society that will eventually collapse on its own. If we control the collapse, we can at least
mitigate the damage. However, if we wait until too late, until
the internet really starts to fall apart on its own, the damage to our social and other
physical infrastructure is going to be much harder to contain, as it will not really be
a “controlled dive” off of our dependency on the internet. However, the good news is that we have lived
without it before, and we can live without it again. And if we could end our dependence on the
internet, we could still be technologically advanced and have quick communication, but
go back to a better, more thoughtful society that spent more time on real life, personal,
meaningful interaction, and was happier and better for it.

100 comments

  1. You can’t blame the internet for its users.
    That said, here are some unpopular opinions:
    People can say and do things online that would land them in the slammer in no time in the real world. They may still not be legal, but prosecution is hard.
    The same people however, are allowed to vote and decide who gets to rule the country – and all they need to do is not get run over by a car for 18 years. Does that ring a bell at all?

    I do enjoy the possibilities of the internet, but I am also wary of it. My generation was the one that went online. We knew a world without the internet as we know it today. No Google, no Facebook, no Amazon. Was it better? Maybe, maybe not. But it was certainly different and I like some aspects of that. Like the fact that no pictures of me as a kid are floating around anywhere on the web. They are stored safely in a shoe box in my parents‘ basement. Not many kids will be able to say that if they were born after 2000.

  2. I don't know redcoat, interacting with people on the internet with choking, beating ,and pretend rape fetishes might get you killed by a serial killer in the real world or interacting with the rise of pedophiles in the real world could get them shanked in the neck and you end up in prison,soooooo I don't know about trusting people redcoat.

  3. We can't keep banning stuff because stupid people don't know how to use it properly or seek ways to abuse it. We'll be left with nothing!

  4. “This video brought to you by the European Union in its continuing mission to strangle every last ounce gram of freedom, fun (and money) out of the Internet.” What's next? "Is it Time to Destroy all Motor Vehicles?" ?

  5. I think many of the mentioned issues stem from a lack of understanding by the parents and believe many of the problems will become less when the generations that grew up with the internet start having children.

  6. No it won't die but it always changes. If the mainstream companys get to big powerful maybe boring and controling there will pop up some kind of pirate-internet (like pirate radio back in the day) sooner or later! Humans will find a way.

  7. I thought number one would have to be political insanity and retribalisation.
    It will die. All things do. Thankfully.

  8. I got off social media almost 8 years ago. And happy I did.
    I only use it to look stuff up and watch movies. Nothing more.

  9. His #2 point is very good and I agree with his conclusion: the Internet will lose popularity. However, after that happens, I don't think it will ever completely die because the network is too useful. I think it'll change in form beyond recognition, but I have no way of saying what that'll be.

    If quantum computing comes in, along with AI, we might find the Internet running our lives.

  10. It is time to destroy the big company that control the internet. You know the ones that don't pay tax and destroy a little man for trying to carve a living, the ones that ignore your privacy while demanding their own. The rich are a virus of the internet, like they are to every aspect of life on the planet.

  11. What an absurd idea. The effort and cost required to destroy the internet is so great that sweeping social change involving our relationship with it would be far simpler and cheaper. Heck, even if you theoretically “destroyed” the internet, what’s to stop people from connecting their computers using alternative means and getting there that way?

    Not to mention destroying the internet because of these problems is like destroying your garden because weeds keep growing in it.

  12. What about restricting bandwidth? Thanks to my dads work I was online before most ppl I knew had even heard of the net, I remember being excited if a song I was DLing hit 2kbs lol. Yes it's awesome not having t wait as a tiny jpeg loaded line by line but the flip is it was so time consuming to interact with 99% of ppl today just wouldn't bother with it (like they did with the early alpha net 0.1, libraries) when opening a single post on FB could take 10 mins to load it no longer acts as an idling function.Those with a genuine reason to will go through the hassle, because they NEED to, it would act like libraries used to, where as open access as they are a large number of ppl just weren't interested enough to bother, how many of the viewers of even this channels awesome videos have the drive to actively seek knowledge compared to those who only know about the French Revolution because Simon and co have kindly done the hard word for them? Tho the same point could be used as a counter argument that it makes information more available if some what diluted. I don't know where I'm going with this now, but yeah, bring back dial up! Lol

  13. I'll say no thanks to that "filter" to "help me decide" which information sources are legitimate.
    Long ago, a bloke named Gutenberg perfected the printing press and started distributing copies of the Bible translated into German. This meant that the people were free to read the Bible and interpret it's meaning and truth or falseness for themselves. There are some people who think things were much better when more educated authority figures "filtered" information and performed interpretation for them. You see where I'm going with this?

  14. In my hand is a device. A device which contains a repository of information collected over the ages and compiled and indexed for your viewing at a moments notice.

    I mostly use it for pron and cat memes tho

  15. I was happily ignorant before the Internet! I sometimes turn into a monster on Twitter and apologize to everyone I have ever offended there. I used to go on facebook but I started feeling sorry for myself because people live exciting lives and I felt left out. I never had a cell phone, I don't want one and I still love to read books. I really like YouTube with Simon Whistler. Parents should be very careful with their children on the internet.

  16. Yes we should, I'm 30 and remember when the internet wasn't really a thing and life was a hell of a lot better then it is now. The internet is not a necessity to life and has clearly effected us in a negative way.

  17. I literally contributed to Wikipedia when I was 15, and some of what I wrote is still there a decade later. So that’s reassuring. 👌

  18. I have the feeling that George Orwell was not so wrong I joined Facebook and was quite an avid user but not any more. I use 'Startpage' a data blocked link to Google. All my cookies are automatically deleted. I rarely log into YouTube and keep my own bookmarks to channels although I subscribe and comment occasionally. How effective this is I have no idea but I just block anything that might snoop if I can and if I know it exists. Most websites are add blocked if the adds are OTT. I do think it's time that the big Internet companies started to think about people and not $$$$$$$$$$ at any cost they can get away with. Freedom of the Internet ? Just an excuse to make even more $$$$$$$$$$$. It's pretty dirty out there isn't it.

  19. I like some things about it, but if it went away, I’d be fine with it. And that includes cell phones. Those, I hate. Everyone just staring at their phones nonstop, even when you’re TALKING to them.😒

  20. I was there when the thing started in the 80’s, …I would be happy when it would burn, baby burn baby burn…
    The joke is, it is one sunburst away of dying.

  21. Business is forcing internet on the people, making it a requirement for banking, business, and jobs. The majority of fake news isn't on the internet, but our cable news companies. The internet is a far less dangerous addictions than before the internet. Dark information was available through other sources, long before the internet. Hustler magazine and other pornographers were well before the internet. Let us not place blame of depression on the internet, when the public is economically oppressed. MAMBLA existed before the internet. When big media takes over, they will completely control political discourse, pushing us closer to totalitarianism. If anything, the internet has save us from totalitarians, already. That is the real purpose of destroying it and creating this propaganda piece. It has become the strongest voice for human rights in world history. Ending it is similar to the Nazi book burning to escape free though and human voice. Everybody must be silenced, leaving only the soulless corporate voices to rule the minds of the people.

  22. It’s all very interesting arguments for the cons of the internet. What I wonder is how would the (many) people who make a living off of it get on with their lives without it? I guess just go back to a normal job.

  23. The way you talk about dependency makes me think of drug addicts… We are a world of drug addicts and the internet is our poison of choice… the cold turkey will be to die for!!!! :p

  24. The internet where all the knowledge of mankind is available. But then you realize that most people are watching cat and puppy videos

  25. As someone who has been online since before the world wide web, I think the world would be better off without Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., but not everyone is addicted to social media and I certainly wouldn't want to go back to the days when the only information I got about the world was from the bought-out mainstream media. I think that people will evolve in time to understand that not everything they read online is true and to realize that there is more to life than social media. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  26. *makes a living producing content on the internet…creates video about destroying the internet….posts said video on the internet

  27. I feel like the internet was made worse when combined with a smartphone. I resisted getting a smart phone for so long but I caved in 2016. Wish I had never done it and yet I cant seem to get rid of it. Ed Sheeran doesnt have a smart phone so surely if he can get along without one I can.

  28. nah don't like the idea of adding more filters, filters are the reason we cant find thee right information in the first place. Just make more monopoly laws, stop big businesses from destroying competition. Fake news is caused by lack of real choice when it comes to sources

  29. the one thing the internet does that they don't mention here, is give people who would otherwise use people as an outlet, a safe place to do so that won't harm anyone…. also everything from your phone, to your debit card, game consoles, TVs, grocery stores, basically everything, is networked now, and everything is set up to handle large volumes of people that just couldn't be done without some form of network… the internet by any other name is just a network.

  30. None of these are unique to the internet.

    Also, the bad ideas are destroyed by better arguments and evidence.

    How many people have walked out of misguided ideas because of information and community on the internet?

    ✌🏽

  31. ultimately it's not the internet, it's people who suck and the internet just provided them a media to spread the suck.

  32. All problems that the Internet "might bring" or "already brought" are problems natural to HUMAN interaction, regardless of this massive medium.
    Most of these problems (if not all) were already here before it ever went online.

    Friction, conflict and the pulling tides of thought are inevitable issues to deal with, as we humans will always desire to exchange information and points of view with others.
    The Internet has no fault in this, should this or other alike medium exist (like simple chatting between humans in physical, IN SITU congregations), has NOTHING to blame the medium for.

    "Killing the messenger" doesn't solve the issue.

    On a humorous thought: Should the Internet actually get "killed" one day (as ridiculous as it sounds), another renamed medium would take it's place.
    In one form, or another, let's not be fooled, OPTIMAL communication rights of a whole world are unkillable.

    The Internet is here to stay. Forever.

  33. I live in a rural area so there are times when out internet goes down, that's why we have things that aren't internet dependent, books, DVDs, blue rays, physical games and toys for our children. Some ppl are so addicted to the internet they can't live without it. I stream a lot but could I survive without it yes.

  34. Re: bullying – this is not solely an issue for school children. The number of misogynistic – women hating – websites is shocking. And some 'support' their members beliefs that causing physical injury to a woman is not only their right but their duty. There was an investigative piece on this recently – 60 Minutes I think – that presented some really frightening numbers especially as to their growth rates.

  35. I think it’s here to stay. Even if the grid was wiped in a massive CME, it wouldn’t take long to get it back up.

  36. Haha, that is a complete misunderstanding of what internet is used for.

    Maybe privately it is just "social media and video streaming" but For businesses it is much much more than that.

    IoT (internet of things) will make everything connected, this amount of raw data will provide manufacturing companies the means to fix minor glitches in their products without costly product recalls. (This is just one example, there are many others).

  37. The reality is, it's here to stay. But I would love to see a return to the days before the internet: We could be kind to each other, not labeling groups as racist or leftist, not spreading lies and hate. The world before Google decided what we should see, hear, and do.

  38. Don't let Internet die! It is so useful for research into any subject you wish to learn about. I even diagnosed myself with juvenille diabetes and went immediately to the doctor avoiding dire consequences of this potentialy deadly disease.

  39. Did the internet just tell me to get rid of the internet? This seems like a trap! Some kind of loyalty pledge test from the machines. Not today, internet. Not to day.

  40. Well. That's fine but then don't expect sites such a Bit Chute etc to ever compare as some sort of Modern day Commercial alternative to Utube! Having experience with said site. That's clearly never ever going to happen! . Just saying! Not unless the CIA buys that out as well. Then maybe. But we'd be in the very same situation after a few years simultaneously.

  41. #6 Dam Furries. #4 Learn to use the Block Button you idiots! #: Bad Ideas. This explains how communism and Socialism made a big comeback among the leftists.

  42. Facebook? WTF? No one other than my daughter uses it. Terrible and evil company. Liars, douchebags and run by perhaps the most awful person to have ever existed. Cuckberg deserves the rest of his life in prison.

  43. Writing a virus that would kill off the internet has been fantasy of mine since childhood. And yes, I'm a programmer, so I do depend on it and contribute to it.

  44. The internet is simply a tool and not inherently evil.
    It is, as it always is, the people that are misusing the tool.
    We have the entirety of human knowledge at our disposal, and people use it for the most mundane and sometimes harmful ways.
    Never blame the tool, always blame the way we use those tools.

  45. The internet is just like guns in the US, you cant get rid of it no matter how hard you try, it is too entrenched into culture. If you think new corporations wouldn't sprout up and people wouldn't flock to them you are in a dreamland.

  46. A friend in the US asked me to put some app on my computer so he could get in touch, he already had at least ten ways of 'getting in touch' but didn't so I said no, I Don't need another way for you to ignore me. I then saw my cousin I hadn't seen in ten years and all throughout the reunion he just looked down at his phone, hardly at me, he smiled not at what I said but at what he read. The internet is a mirror, a sad lonely mirror.

  47. great video thanks. the idea to eliminate something new for a better and more understandable world is as old as the caves where Og first drew something scary on the wall, the Printing Press, Comic Books, Video Games, Magazines, Newspapers, Novels,Television, even Radio.

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