Vi är många som skrattande har slukat liftarens guide till galaxen, och känt oss imponerade över den galenpanna som skrivit ihop den – Douglas Adams. Inte kan väl någon som kan beskriva tankarna hos en val som faller genom rymden mot en säker död, vara riktigt klok? Jo, det visar sig att han faktiskt är det. Mr Adams hann säga mycket klokt innan han avled 2001, bland annat om internet. Intresserad? Här kommer ett tänkvärt citat:

”Because the Internet is so new we still don’t really understand what it is. We mistake it for a type of publishing or broadcasting, because that’s what we’re used to. So people complain that there’s a lot of rubbish online, or that it’s dominated by Americans, or that you can’t necessarily trust what you read on the web. Imagine trying to apply any of those criticisms to what you hear on the telephone. Of course you can’t ‘trust’ what people tell you on the web anymore than you can ‘trust’ what people tell you on megaphones, postcards or in restaurants. Working out the social politics of who you can trust and why is, quite literally, what a very large part of our brain has evolved to do. For some batty reason we turn off this natural scepticism when we see things in any medium which require a lot of work or resources to work in, or in which we can’t easily answer back – like newspapers, television or granite. Hence ‘carved in stone.’ What should concern us is not that we can’t take what we read on the internet on trust – of course you can’t, it’s just people talking – but that we ever got into the dangerous habit of believing what we read in the newspapers or saw on the TV – a mistake that no one who has met an actual journalist would ever make. One of the most important things you learn from the internet is that there is no ‘them’ out there. It’s just an awful lot of ‘us’.”

– Douglas Adams – How to stop worrying and learn to love the internet

Klokt sagt. Och jag ska inte störa mera, bara påminna om hur annorlunda internet  är mot allt annat vi slarvigt jämför det med.