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Why the Internet Is the Greatest Achievement of Any Civilization, Ever
Virginia Heffernan   Aug 13, 2016   Big Think  

Cast off your Luddite gloom. The Internet is simply the greatest thing to ever happen to the world. It incorporates every element of art, culture, and ingenuity, taking humanity to a wholly new era.

The French-European enlightenment that finally, in Europe at least threw off the shackles of medievalistic horror-show came about through people actually thinking. As they did millennia previously in southern Asia: the birthplace of philosophy carried over to China then Japan. They were secular long before the rest caught up. All done with brainpower. All the internet has done mostly is confirm people's biases. Which is the reverse of being enlightened. So, so far, not so good. [But one can hope}
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