I think you are onto something here Barbara, we have all been conditioned to jump up and down and wave our arms about as we sing the praises of the internet because it has made our lives soooooo much better. Unfortunately few people mention the downsides.
In the early days we were told search engines would put all the information in the world at our fingertips, now we know that the one search engine that was allowed and to a great extent helped by The Powers That Be to become dominant is more interested in hiding information from us and letting us see only propaganda. Social media boasted it would put is in touch with everybody in the world, but as Facebook’s latest list of proscribed pages shows, ‘everybody’ does not include anybody mark Zuckerberg and his sycophantic cronies do not approve.
Also in the early days email was useful, it may not have had the emotional depth of hand written letters but it was communication. The the web was hijacked by people who believed the wen should be where everything was ‘free’ but who did not understand the difference between free — gratis and free — without let or hinderance, and so the great gift of cost free mailshots was given to all the con artists, hustlers and flim flam merchants in the world. Our inboxes were inundated with spam mails and the stuff we might have wanted to read was lost among the junk.
I once seriously suggested the way to control spam was to require all ISPs to lmit the number of free emails as subscriber could send per day, say 100 messages, and over that limit people would have to pay. This would have stopped the spammers in their tracks. However I received about a thousand comments, the overwhelming majority hostile and some suggesting I was calling for censorship of the web (which only demonstrated the writers did not know what censor means.)
We have gained some things from the internet and lost others. It’s perhaps time we started being more objective about it all.