Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Noam Chomsky: Internet is a Hideous Time-Waster

"The world’s top public intellectual" thinks that the Internet "is a hideous time-waster":

Chomsky: Internet is a Hideous Time-Waster

His daily news intake is the regular national press and he dips in and out of specialist journals. I imagine he is a fan of the internet, given his low opinion of the mainstream media (to summarize: it is undermined by a "systematic bias in terms of structural economic causes rather than a conspiracy of people". I would argue individual agency overrides this, but get into it with Chomsky and your allocated hour goes up in smoke). So I am surprised when he says he only goes online if he is "hunting for documents, or historical data. It’s a hideous time-waster. One of the good things about the internet is you can put up anything you like, but that also means you can put up any kind of nonsense. If the intelligence agencies knew what they were doing, they would stimulate conspiracy theories just to drive people out of political life, to keep them from asking more serious questions … There’s a kind of an assumption that if somebody wrote it on the internet, it’s true."


At November 09, 2005 3:14 PM, Blogger tefta said...

If there's anything Chomsky is expert about, it's wasting time.

At November 09, 2005 3:39 PM, Blogger John B said...

Pot calling kettle black.

At November 09, 2005 8:04 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

Chomsky thinks it's a waste of time because it makes it easier for people to find out what a hypocrite and buffoon he is.

At November 10, 2005 12:48 AM, Blogger Chip said...

"There’s a kind of an assumption that if somebody wrote it on the internet, it’s true"

Noam Chomsky said that?

I'll bet 80% of the people who never finished high school know better.

At November 10, 2005 12:58 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

In a different era Noam Chomsky would have thought that the printing press was a hideous waste of time.

"There’s a kind of an assumption that if somebody wrote it in a book, it’s true." said Friar Noam Chomsky.

This man is a professor at MIT!


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