It seems like recently this has been popping up more often, but it doesn’t make it any less true:
The simple truth is that we are heading towards an Internet that is either going to be greatly divided by geographical regions, heavily censored and controlled for only “appropriate” (government-approved) conversation, truncated and mutilated to artificially increase the profits to appease shareholders of Internet service providers, abuse of controversial, hot button topics in order to pass legislation to allow for higher levels of domestic spying, or, what’s the most likely, all of the above.
The disgusting truth is that while you read the above paragraph, you might realize that a few of these things are already on their way. Some are close to completion and feel like they’re just around the corner. In any case, it’s dire news for everyone that holds that the Internet is this generation’s bastion of truth, even with its imperfections. What is probably one of the most important inventions of the past 20 years is getting the political treatment. We have already seen the power of the Internet in the hands of capable individuals in order to make a difference, whether it’s for better or for worse, in the lives of themselves and those around them.
So, just as the Internet triumphed when Internet switches were turned off in order to shut off communication between protesting civilians in countries all around the world, the Internet will live on regardless of what happens in the near future. I don’t speak of the Internet as the current colossal network of computers connected all around the world, but the concept of this community of people that seek to spread truth, denounce lies, and to help our fellow man or woman. That Internet will find a way and that community will not give up on its goal.
Because in a world that seeks to put down humanity in any way it can, community and harmony are the most powerful tools that you can have in your arsenal.