mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Harlan Ellison's Thoughts on the Internet

affinity8 pointed me towards an interview with Harlan Ellison from the May 2004 Writer's Digest. I'm amused by some of his comments on the Internet:

WD: If you could go back in time and stop the Internet from being invented, would you do it?

HE: I would certainly do it if I were selfish, and I'm about as selfish as anybody is. But no, I wouldn't do it, because the good things that it does are things that are necessary. Doctors, for instance, have access to life-saving information that they wouldn't have otherwise. Locating lost kids is easier. Scientists can exchange information across the planet in moments, not years. It's the "chat-net" and all its endlessly babbling, trivial adjuncts that are idiocy-promoting.

So, no, I wouldn't kill off the Internet; I'd just like to maim the crap out of it...

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