Originally posted by Phil Hill
Just to throw a wrench in the works, are we still better off when some psycho or psychos decide to learn how to build a thermonuclear bomb with plans they downloaded off the internet and to make matters worse they set it off in the city you live killing the entire population? As I said, tools can be used for good or for bad so the question is phrased badly ...[text shortened]... hands of a psycho it can be a great tool for bashing in a skull. Do hammers make us better off?
Gee, it sounds as though you're making my argument for me. Um, thanks?
Since the concept appears to be above your pay grade, let's break it down for ya. When a tool is invented, people will either find use for it and thus perpetuate its existence, or find no use for it and it will fade from the scene. Conversely, some tools are used so predominately for bad that we move to rid ourselves of it their use.
Tools can be used for either good or bad or (in many cases) both. The internet is one of those tools. The OP asks, considering all that has been sponsored within its borders, does the good of it outweigh the bad.
If the good outweighs the bad, we ought to continue using it. If the bad outweighs the good, we ought to discontinue using it.