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Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won't Be Nirvana - Newsweek.com

Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won't Be Nirvana - Newsweek.com
After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Baloney. Consider today's online world. Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week What the Internet hucksters won't tell you is tht the Internet is one big ocean of unedited data, without any pretense of completeness. Won't the Internet be useful in governing? Point and click:Then there are those pushing computers into schools. Then there's cyberbusiness. What's missing from this electronic wonderland?

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