The Internet: Friend or Enemy?

 

The Internet: Friend or Enemy?

Laurie Cohen’s story of how the feds prosecute Internet crimes is yet another reminder of so much unpleasantness in that electronic jungle. The phishing scams, the fact that 94 percent of all e-mail is Spam, the predators gunning for your children—all of it makes for a truly unsavory universe. Recently, I heard how the Internet destroyed a small business person. Independent bookstores are struggling. They cannot compete on price with the giants—Barnes & Noble and Borders—who buy in vast quantities and earn the highest discounts from publishers. What’s more, many people go into bookstores to check out a title and then go home