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[–]Odnovo 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (3 children)

The thing is that less people will use the internet so casually, provided that this will truly make the internet more expensive to use (which I don't know at this point). This could very well result in people actually having lives outside of the internet, the gradual end of the rampant narcissism currently predominant in younger generations, and the end (or at least a moderate limitation) in the masses being manipulated through misinformation. Call me crazy, but this could work out for the best in the end.

[–]magnora7[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (2 children)

and the end (or at least a moderate limitation) in the masses being manipulated through misinformation.

I appreciate your optimism, but I see no reason why the manipulation would slow

[–]Odnovo 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (1 child)

It is because the predominant catalyst for spreading misinformation is through the internet. When the volume is reduced through the regulation of bandwidth, so will the extent of the manipulation. This is assuming that it will be so simple, of course.

[–]oldaccount29 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)

The pessimistic view (and in my view more realistic) is that the masses will be led to websites that toe the line.

We see this with politicians who dont act out too much, like Bernie and Ron Paul, we see it with journalists who dont try to break stories that cross the wrong people, we see this with how face book is deciding which news is credible, and google alters its search results in a similar way. The list is essentially endless.

I expect if certain people get their way, the internet is just become more vapid that it is, with more entertainment, but also with more propaganda blended in. Sites that attempt to spread real info will be bullied out.

I dont know this for a fact, but I gave a few examples of a million where it has worked the same in the past. I see no reason to believe it would work differently.