Politics & Media
Sep 10, 2008, 09:46AM

Life is simpler when it's divided into two clear categories

There are so many books and theories and pundits attempting to explain the Internets that it's hard to keep track of them all. Adam Theirer does a good job of delineating two camps of the debate, as well as providing a full-throated guilt trip of a book list.

Beliefs / Themes

Internet Optimists

Internet Pessimists

Culture / Social

Net is Participatory

Net is Polarizing

Net yields Personalization

Net yields Fragmentation

a “Global village


Heterogeneity / Diversity of Thought

Homogeneity / Close-mindedness

Net breeds pro-democratic tendencies

Net breeds anti-democratic tendencies

Tool of liberation & empowerment

Tool of frequent misuse & abuse


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