Thursday, July 13, 2006

End of Start All Over Again

Peggy Noonan, contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal, have written an Op-Ed worth considering. Internet and modern media technology makes it much harder to put old mistakes behind and start all over again. It’s not bad, but it’s not entirely good either.

Lies, propaganda and media spin are much easier to discover with Internet. It makes it harder for wrongdoers and scruffy politicians. Just think of The Killian documents controversy. That could hardly have started without the blogging community.

But Internet also makes it also impossible to repent, exculpate, or expiate for old sins.
Once something has been published on the net, it’s there forever. You cannot erase it.

Try for example to Google “Ken Lay” and see what kind of information you find.

It’s a change that’s unavoidable. You can have any opinion you like about it, but you cannot ignore it.


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