The Impact of the Internet on Society Like most earlier developments in communication, the advent of the Internet was greeted by extravagant hopes and equally unrestrained fears ( Bargh and McKenna 574). It was going to free everyone or enslave them, destroy society or improve its interaction. These early hopes and fears have both been disappointed, and it is now clear that the impact of the Internet on society has been much less radical. Many have compared the influence of the Internet to that of the telegraph, the pioneer of near-instantaneous communication over long distances. The differences between the two systems are even more instructive than their obvious similarity. The telegraph depends on relatively few fixed routes, and access...The end:
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