"A series of tubes"
Senator Ted Stevens (Rep-AK)
Oh how the Mail loves to spout bollocks about the net.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=561839&in_page_id=1879
For my part, having read the report, I logged on to Facebook for the first time. There, I discovered that anyone - without offering a single detail about themselves - can search and locate images and details of people who have enrolled.
Register yourself - for free - and you can leave messages. It is a stalker's dream come true, and I can see why so many parents are gravely concerned about it.
"She adores these virtual worlds so much that quite often when we want to go out for a family day trip, she no longer seems keen to come with us," says Helen Grayson. "It honestly seems as if she prefers her 'virtual' friends to us."
Or, she doesn't want to spend time with her parents? I know I spent loads of time with my parents when I was a teenager.
The Joneses are also worried about the video clips Daniel watches on YouTube. "He is obsessed with crashes," his mother says. "Plane crashes and car crashes. I am also worried about the bad language he is exposed to. Some of the messages he exchanges with his friends are shocking and full of swear words."
Before the internet, kids never
Millions are left to surf the web on their own, with six out of ten having seen online pornography, most of it accidentally in the form of "pop-ups" - the small panels that can be activated simply by clicking on an innocent website that has been infiltrated by outsiders and even criminals.
Oh aye, I accidentally clicked on the pornography. I am a teenage boy, what possible interest could I have in pictures of naked women?
The whole attitude is symptomatic of the Mail's world-view. The internet is the single biggest collection of human knowledge in history. It enables instant, cheap communication between continents. It's probably, to date, our finest achievement as a species (maybe, the wheel's pretty good too). And all the Mail can do is pick holes, highlight the dangers and problems.
Which is pretty ironic given the amazing success of the Mail's own website. It's second only to The Guardian in the UK.