Dumbest Thing Ever

 Posted by on 9 July 2013 at 10:00 am  Security, Technology, WTF
Jul 092013
 

Although it’s only July, I feel pretty confident claiming that this Washington Post column by Robert J. Samuelson is the most ridiculously stoopid thing I’ll read all year: Beware the Internet and the danger of cyberattacks. It begins:

If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more. But the Internet’s benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies, and it brings with it a terrifying danger: cyberwar. Amid the controversy over leaks from the National Security Agency, this looms as an even bigger downside.

No, it doesn’t get any better. No, it’s not satire. So I’ll let Captain Picard “speak” for me:

  • MD

    In our reality it must be satire, In his reality it fits perfectly with his Kantian utopia.

  • David Blankenau

    So his “solution” is to reject modern technology altogether and return to the dark ages? Sounds like a page ripped right out of the ‘Al Gore/Bill McKibben Anti-Life Chicken Little Environmentalism’ Playbook.

  • http://twitter.com/Radian_Angle Tjitze de Boer

    Toohey’s speech was not meant as a HowTo guide.

  • Jennifer Snow

    “But the Internet’s benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies, and it brings with it a terrifying danger: cyberwar.”

    If the first part of this sentence were true, that the benefits of the internet are “relatively modest”, then the prospect of “cyberwar” would be no more than a MILD ANNOYANCE AT WORST. Sheesh.

  • Tom G Varik

    I’m still trying to figure out what GPS has to do with the Internet.

   
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