The Dangers Of Moving Online

21 Oct

 Geoffrey Ingersoll makes a strong case for keeping news and other information in a printed form. http://www.businessinsider.com/why-the-death-of-print-publications-should-have-us-all-a-bit-worried-2012-10 He breaks this down into three points. First, he says, is for national security and the free press. He makes the point that, if our only form of news is online, then something like an Internet kill switch could easily cut everyone off. Second, is because of the possibility of revisionist history. Things written online are not permanent, and can be edited or updated at any time. This leaves open the possibility for something out of George Orwell’s “1984.” Third, is the simple fact that the Internet relies on electricity. If electricity is lost, so is everything on the Internet. This might be caused by something like a solar flare. Ingersoll’s case is quite compelling. Moving everything online would be a set-up for some sort of disaster.

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