Are You An Internet Optimist or Pessimist? The Great Debate over Technology’s Impact on Society

by Stephan Kinsella on November 15, 2010

Nice post by Adam Thierer on The Technology Liberation Front (with whom I have disagreed on other issues; see PFF Closes Its Doors):

Are You An Internet Optimist or Pessimist? The Great Debate over Technology’s Impact on Society

by Adam Thierer on January 31, 2010 · 13 Comments

[I’ve been working on an outline for a book I hope to write surveying technological skepticism throughout history. I first started thinking about this topic two years when I noticed that a great number of recent books about Internet policy could generally be grouped into one of two camps: Internet optimists vs. Internet pessimists. I subsequently penned an essay on the subject that generated a fair bit of attention. So, I figured I must be on to something, and the more Net policy books I read, the more I realized that the divisions between these two camps were growing wider and increasingly heated. Thus, I thought I would share this very rough draft (much of it still in outline form) of the opening chapter of that book I want to write about this great intellectual war over the impact of technology on society. I invite reader input.]

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