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Old 05-06-2008, 08:10 PM
Location: Seattle, WA
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Originally Posted by RayinAK View Post
Good mostly. "A computer is like a hammer..." somebody said above, and that's a true statement. A computer has no emotions, it can't judge, it can decide what course of action to take. The computer user is the one who could be "bad or good."
Wait? personal responsibility?! NOOO! TAKE IT BACK!

A lot of people seem to be saying that the computer can be used

For entertainment
for work
for school
for nefarious activities
for porn
for whatever.

Except, its AND. Not or.
The thing is that, never before in our lives has ONE item been so incredibly powerful. A fantasy novel is a book for entertainment. A porn magazine is just that.

The computer, and more importantly the internet link ALL of these things and provide them all within a moment's notice.

The computer itself doesn't decide what to do. YOU tell it what to do. The computer age is a great thing for the purely simple fact that it speeds up our development and understanding. Numerous people have replied on this thread that the computer itself has allowed them to change their views, or make a better purchase or reconnect with people across the country or the world.

Thats a 'good' use of the computer.

However, numerous people have mentioned children and internet use, identity theft, etc.

This is a 'bad' use of the computer. This is a bad use, not because of the computer but because of human nature.

Sadly, MOST (not all) of these things can be fixed through simple fixes.
Active, engaged parenting... Paying attention to what information you divulge online, etc. Its all things that we can do ourselves, and we cannot blame our computers for what we do on them.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:41 PM
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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There was a time when the computer was accessible ONLY to geeks. It went downhill when it became available to all...dumbed down to general use.

I'm not sure I'd really miss it if it were gone. The only kind of benefit is a way to discuss topics of interest without actually having to share the same room with someone in order to do it. Safer, in a way.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by turboredcart
i do feel we lost a sense of community in modern life. we traded human touch for stuff. a housefull of stuff that enslaves us-
I think as far as COMMUNICATION we would be totally IN THE DARK w/o the internet.... The elite could spew any lies they wanted AND WE WOULDNT BE ABLE TO GO AROUND THEM AND FIND OUT THE TRUTH!!

The internet has done MORE GOOD I think than bad........ (Although the BAD is quite sad)
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:02 PM
Location: midwest
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I have been working at a charter school for a few months. Half a dozen teachers didn't even know about this:

Free ebooks by Project Gutenberg - Gutenberg

50,000 books for free. I will admit that plenty of them aren't worth much, too old. But some things will never change and kids will need to learn forever.


If we told everyone the good info to be downloaded computers could be more independent of the net.

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Old 11-19-2015, 09:28 PM
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Started in 1989. LOL.

I started in 1965.
I have been coding ever since (except for 15+ years in sales and marketing) and I love it.
I love the InnerTubes. PCs are amazing. My iPhone has more storage than all the computers in the world in 1970.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:57 AM
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On the whole, computers and the internet have greatly improved our quality of life.

I'm old enough to remember a time when the average person had absolutely no access to a computer. In school, you took notes in a notebook, and if you wanted to look something up, you went to the library. There was no online anything. Maybe some of the research labs had computers. And there were no cell phones. You probably had a land line phone in your house, and there were phone booths in public places.

In any event, I bought my first PC in 1983 or thereabouts. At work, there were two computers for online research. Lexis/Nexis and some site where you could follow bills through congress. At the time, if you went "online" at home, you basically did so on one of the pay services, like Compuserve or Genie. Or, maybe, to a dial-up bulletin board. You could also access Wall Street research for some ridiculously expensive price, like $75 an hour. Over time, things evolved and now the whole world is connected. Information on anything and everything right at your fingertips, pretty much for free. That's huge.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:21 AM
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The computer is only as evil as the person wielding it, and is only as good as the person wielding it
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:50 AM
Location: Greensboro, NC
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If you're specifically talking about the internet age, then I'd say definitely pros and cons. It's opened up a whole new world of commerce, but it's also crippled walk in, brick and mortar establishments and more rural areas that would thrive on such. It's also transformed people into the mentality of instant gratification and less patience, where as before, if you wanted to know what's going on with the news, you had to wait until the 6 o'clock news (or noon news and 11pm) or the newspaper. Now, you have 24 hour/7 days a week news at the touch of a button.

I think in terms of being social, it's definitely hurt. People feel comfort in hiding behind an online identity where they don't have any repercussions if they pee off a bunch of people. What I have noticed on Facebook is that people who would not be so politically outspoken with their friends in person, are so on Facebook, and have in turn, caused issues within those friendships. So, the internet/computer age definitely has its pros and cons.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:32 PM
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Originally Posted by NYnowNC View Post
In my opinion we should have a smarter society.

People can now attend school online.
Which in turn would make it easier for one to eat and drink at home and grow a hefty layer of fat around the waistline
You can access your bank account everyday.
And so can a hacker

You can create a budget, by using an online template, if needed.
You can do the same on a notebook (paper notebook)

You can create a web page to educate others.
Or to indoctrinate others
You can create web pages for the family, especially with everyone living everywhere.
Good point

You can research products instantly before wasting money on a purchase.
Yes, that's true. But you can also use the stores' coupons if buying locally

You can search and buy used items.
You can get out of the house and look at garage sales, or just visit the Salvation Army stores, thrift shops, and so on
The downside is having your information stolen, but that is the risk we take with moving forward as a society.

As far as children, they should be monitored, considering one misspelled word can lead to a website of obscenity.
Very hard to do at home. Best to keep these things out of their reach until they are old enough, at least at home

~Mostly kidding with you
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:09 AM
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I can't imagine life outside the computer age. I was born in a fairly remote village and just thinking of how culturally stranded I was before the internet first popularized makes me cringe.

Since my career and my lifestyle can be directly connected to experiences I had on the internet and knowledge I sourced from it, I cannot help but think that I'd be rather provincial should I hadn't be able to access it by then.

So I think is quite positive.
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