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Internet as a Dilemma

(whereby we shall try and to answer a provocation we have so far ignored)

Reason for answering:
"- Do you have an e-mail address?
- Yes, it’s on the first page of the magazine.
- No, those are web page addresses. But there is one with an aka
- Let me ask…See the last page, the editorial staff is listed.
- Do you read your e-mail?
- We are getting printed copies of everything that is received."

From a conversation with a member of Dilemma’s editorial stuff

(whereby a fairly polite introduction is done)

Observing the rule to not add diacritics, which was set up at the beginning of our magazine (that is, of course, agora ON line), the above title might be read in two different ways, should we disregard the capital letter that leads to the weekly homonym.

First of all, the Internet, for those who are controlling the lives of other people, is representing the dilemma of the barriers to be imposed, or, to put it better, the dilemma of their own understanding of the word "democracy"; to the active participants, the Internet is the dilemma of their own personality (or, -why not? -, of their own personalities); to those who had hardly ever heard about it, it is the dilemma of stepping into the abyss; to those who do not have it but want it, it could be the dilemma of Romtelecom versus the Romanian ISP-s and so we can keep on producing more and more impressive dilemmas.

There comes my dilemma of writing or not writing (with the vehement protest still in vogue) about a subject that looks rather like a misunderstanding than a serious approach to the construction of a Library in a fireproof Alexandria from the end of a millenium. That’s because, however hilarious and sad, the balkanian discussion about the psychology of the Internet-surfer forgets that the topic of this study lies somewhere else but here. The Internet as a Hyde Park is just as "good" an extrapolation as the one made by the presidential counselor Zoe Petre from the domestic cigarettes contraband to the Watergate scandal. I would ask you (and I am dead serious) why not "the Internet as trowel"

 

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