Although it’s only July, I feel pretty confident claiming that this Washington Post column by Robert J. Samuelson is the most ridiculously stoopid thing I’ll read all year: Beware the Internet and the danger of cyberattacks. It begins:
If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more. But the Internet’s benefits are relatively modest compared with previous transformative technologies, and it brings with it a terrifying danger: cyberwar. Amid the controversy over leaks from the National Security Agency, this looms as an even bigger downside.
No, it doesn’t get any better. No, it’s not satire. So I’ll let Captain Picard “speak” for me: