Originally Posted by The Atheist
That's quite a long post. How long did it take you to write it?
Notice what's missing from those figures? The Internet.
There's a vast amount of useful information on the Internet, and it's an excellent platform for productive communications. If people 'waste' it on entertainment or spreading disinformation then that's their fault.
The rise of antivaxers wasn't caused by the Internet, it was caused by Covid and politicians too scared of losing votes to deal with it.
You don't need the Internet to spread fear and misinformation. Radio and TV, telephones and good old word-of-mouth are just as effective - if not more so because they don't give you the same ability to fact check. Where is all the disinformation coming from? Not trustworthy sources that know what they are talking about - but from anonymous posts on Facebook and Twitter, personal videos uploaded to YouTube or websites produced by obvious conspiracy nuts. If people want to chose that trash over all the good information out there then that's their fault.
I highly doubt that. I was an employee in a business whose website got hacked. They could have prevented it with about 30 minutes work at minimal cost if they had just kept the website software up to date. The same business also suffered a good old 'smash-n-grab' that cost far more, despite having pretty strong physical security measures in place. That small business got half its revenue off the 'net (probably would be even higher in today's Covid world).
So you say. Schools used networked computers long before the Internet became popular for education, and needed 'backroom geeks' to maintain them even back then. It's the not the fault of the Internet if your school's administration is incompetent.
Yeah right. Criminals always find a way, and many of those ways do a lot more harm than scamming a few suckers over the 'net. But even if true, 1% of GDP is a drop in the bucket. The real criminals are the ones profiting from the release of >36 billion tons of CO2
into the atmosphere each year. According to the Swiss Re Institute
, the US stands to lose 13% GDP to global warming by 2050 if current trends continue. But we won't be the worst affected. Australia can expect to lose 33% (serves them right for pushing coal!).