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August 18, 2011 9:27 PM

The Internet Is Not Evil

It's easy to blame technology, Social Media and even Facebook when people do bad things.

Please watch this:

"Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

I actually don't believe that. I'd prefer a world without weapons. That being said, the Internet is neither good nor evil. It's what people do with it that will make it good or evil. When the Internet first began its ascent into our daily lives, the skeptics would often say, "the Internet is nothing but porn and gambling." The truth is that you get out of the Internet what you put into it. You can spend years reading, sharing and contributing to online channels without ever being faced with porn and gambling. It can just as easily be used for good (look at Kiva, Kickstarter, etc...), it's when the people who do bad things use it to do more bad things that we tend to shine a light on the channel of communication instead of on the root of the problem. Flash mobs, text messaging and Twitter doesn't create a platform for crime.

It's the people. Not the technology.

By Mitch Joel


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