Snippet: Thank God for the Internet ☇

Shared on April 5, 2020

Josh Topolsky (via John Gruber):

But thank god for the internet. What the hell would we do right now without the internet? How would so many of us work, stay connected, stay informed, stay entertained? For all of its failings and flops, all of its breeches and blunders, the internet has become the digital town square that we always believed it could and should be. At a time when politicians and many corporations have exhibited the worst instincts, we’re seeing some of the best of what humanity has to offer — and we’re seeing it because the internet exists.

Now, I’m not letting Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos off the hook, but we also can’t deny that there is still good, still utility, still humanity present here — and it’s saving us in huge ways and little ones, too. In the shadow of the coronavirus, the sum of the “good” internet has dwarfed its bad parts. The din of a connected humanity that needs the internet has all but drowned out its worst parts. Oh, they’re still there, but it’s clear they aren’t what the internet is; they’re merely the runoff, the waste product.

My home connection has been holding up okay (a bit slower once everyone in my area has started working from home…a side-effect of cable?) and even though my mind isn’t 100% into my day-job, I can still mostly function even from fifteen miles away. Plus, since days are running together, it’s just nice to reach out to people when I’m feeling a bit isolated. Twitter and Instagram have also been good to see that I’m not the only one and even have been able to laugh about it a little.

Unfortunately, the firehose of bad news has also been coming through, so I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to limit the amount of information just to make it a little easier to handle.

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