dpd1 - 6:54 pm on Jun 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
Don't get me wrong. I love the Internet. It's changed my life, mostly for the better.
But it has taken a lot away from humanity. Anonymity allows the darkest underside to show, the worst example of which is expressed by kids on the Internet. Most of them perceive the Internet as a "pretend place" and it's all "not real." These aren't real people, these are avatars, video game characters, not real people at all.
Out of the mouths of babes . . . this reveals how many people see us. There's always some sucker out there a) stupid enough to believe me, or b) hungry enough to let me use them. It's different when it's the neighbor down the street, but someone on the Internet is a means to an end, it's not real, I want what I want, what you want is irrelevant.
The second problem I see is that the Internet has trained us to believe everything is free. It's not stealing, if it's on the Internet, it's free. And you, your work? It's free too.
There are even "Internet gurus" selling ebooks detailing on how to work us, how to screw us out of a decent living, to meet their ends. I can see their signature pitches in many of the RFP's, and just when I think I've heard it all, here's a new one.
Of course, scamming people is nothing new. The people that used to use circulars and fliers just use the net now. But I agree for the most part.
Just take a look at the comments on youtube. People think they can just say whatever they want with zero consequences. If you look at some people's profile, they do nothing but just spend every night going around attacking people.
I was one of the people against Napster. Still being pretty young at the time, I took a lot of crap from friends for that position. I remember getting into it with some guy at a party over it one time... He said "rich rock stars have enough money already... we should get the music for free". This is the mentality you have to deal with now days from many young people. Then I noticed the guy had a very nice Motorcycle. So I said... "So, then you won't mind if I just come by and take your bike tomorrow then? I mean... You look to have more money than me, so I guess that means it's OK if I just come by your house and take your bike... You won't mind, right"? No response.
I've also realized that the internet can be a place for people with serious issues... To this day, there is a guy on a forum I participate on, that is convinced I am the person behind numerous IDs on the forum. He accuses me of it constantly. He explained to me that I am apparently one person in a family business that runs the site, and for yucks, myself and the other people in the company create all these fake accounts, and have fake arguments and discussions. Of course, the people he is referring to are actual real people, just talking. He somehow dug up info on my sites, and I had to threaten him to stop harassing me. To this day he still believes these things.
The golden era of the internet was about 15 years ago. The intelligence average was high and it just seemed to be a lot of fun. People were still mostly friendly, and the idiot hordes hadn't arrived yet. But oh well.