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Brittania Reynolds
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The Internet Doesn't Harm People. People Harm People.

on Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:44 pm
I agree with Sloan and Thompson that the Internet is not good or bad, it's the individuals who use it that can do so in a "good" or "bad" manner. For example, Ross Ulbricht created an online black market website, called Silk Road, for people to traffic narcotics and other substances. He used the internet for a bad manner, his main purpose was to make money and didn't care how he made it, thus encouraging people to sell whatever they want on the internet such as child pornography. Another example is Salman Khan, who used the internet in a good manner by creating Khan Academy, a school that uses online tools to help educate students for free, which I think is awesome!

However, as I use more tailored media sources to learn, relate, persuade, and entertain myself and my friends I have to say I feel less informed about the world because of social media. Facebook is very distracting and sure you can follow the news outlets but if there is a report about someone committing suicide or another mass shooting and a video compilation on dogs who cannot catch (which is pretty funny) or a celebrity having a baby most people who choose the latter. It's sad, but I also blame the news, because they are constantly glorifying issues like that. Now I do not blame all news outlets for doing this but the majority do. I should reconnect with the world and find out what is happening, but at the same time, it can be despairing to watch. Yet, I guess watching the news would remind me that the world can be grey and black and not everything is always greener on the other side, but then again I am a child of God and I always like to look at the brighter side of things.
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