The Internet — The Apex of Human Technical and Intellectual Achievement

Source: James Kirkup, in The Telegraph (U.K.), January 12

What is the internet’s greatest contribution to society? The spread of knowledge? Freedom of expression and communication? Free markets of empowered consumers and competitive suppliers? Pictures of naked ladies?

They all deserve a mention. But my vote goes to making sure idiots no longer feel alone. The internet, the apex of human technical and intellectual achievement, means that no matter how dim-witted you are, no matter how fundamentally stupid your ideas are, you can always find someone who thinks the same way and can tell you that you’re right.

This is, in a way, positive: even idiots deserve friends. And in theory, if they’re talking to each other, they’ll bother the rest of us less.

Sadly, the theory breaks down when it comes to politics. Here, the internet acts like a magnifying glass for stupidity, able to focus even weak sunshine into a beam fierce enough to burn.


One response to “The Internet — The Apex of Human Technical and Intellectual Achievement

  1. It is one thing to subscribe in principle to the sensible notion that ‘even idiots deserve friends’. It is quite another to actually relate to one’s internet-mediated, ‘like-minded friends’ (i.e., on Facebook), the realm of politics notwithstanding. Besides, without the ‘dim-witted idiots’ what would the ‘rest of us’ do? Don’t ‘they’ deserve to be appreciated for doing ‘us’ a favor by being who they are? How else would ‘we’ otherwise know who ‘we’ are? Long live ‘idiots’.