Tthe Invention of the Internet: an Upside or a Downside to Society?

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John Tran
Professor Miller
Rough Draft of the Research Paper
3 November 2008
The Invention of the Internet: An Upside or a Downside to Society? According to Internet World Stats, nearly three-fourths of the United States population has access to the Internet. In the history of technology, the Internet has been hailed as a utopian technology and has become an efficient and effective communication tool for people. It not only allows people to express themselves in a world-wide public forum but it also lets people find a vast amount of information on nearly any subjects (Committee on the Internet in the Evolving Information Infrasture 29-31). While this amazing technology has the ability to make the world better by providing convenient access to highly diverse educational information and economic opportunity, the Internet has brought along problems that can affect our children’s future and those problems cannot be ignored. Throughout history, there were many inventions appearing around the world but the Internet is considered as one of our greatest inventions of our time. The Internet was first invented for military purposes, but then it expanded to the purpose of communication among scientist. In the early 1960s, military wanted to have communications links to other computers without disrupt by bomb or enemy spies; so to solve the problem, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) contacted with BBN (Bolt, Beraneck, and Newman) to create ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) (Leiner et al.). In the 1971, the Internet started to become popular and widespread; there were twenty-three hosts had been established in various universities across United States. The E-mail, an essential way of communication today, was also invented in 1971. By the end of 1990s, the invention of the World Wide Web (WWW) created by Tim Berners-Lee (Leiner et al.). With the start of WWW and browsers to surf the Internet, people can do almost anything that they can think of such as shopping, communicate, and even obtain a degree. The Internet has become a place for people to meet and explore, as well as find discerning ideas. In other words, the Internet holds prolific and explicit materials. Pornography used to be a taboo subject before Hugh Hefner made pornography a new kind of adult entertainment and turned it into a multi-million dollar industry. Since then, the adult industry has explored every form of communication there is in order to take it out of the back alley and now it is deliver directly to every single house in the United States (A Drug Called Pornography). The adult industry has found a new haven called the Internet to promote this entertainment. This new kind of entertainment used to be reserved for only adults, but now everyone even kids can access it with a click of the mouse. Cyber-porn refers to pornographic materials on the Internet. Cyber-porn is increasingly becoming a favorite past time for not only adults, but teenagers as well (A Drug Called Pornography). Ninety percent of teenagers between the ages of eight and sixteen have viewed pornography online and most of them are viewing while doing homework (Family Safe Media). The cyber-porn has become as phenomenon as those teens’ trends sites like Myspace.com, Youtube.com, and etc. because it gives people the ability to access the information 24/7 without the big spending. The most important reason is anonymity; the Internet allows people to hide their identity (Elmer-Dewitt 3). Behind the curtain, people are free to express and do unthinkable things with the Internet. While teenagers can easily access pornography, the big concern to parents is the harmful effects of pornography on children. “Pornography plays a big part in me such as the attitude I have toward females, women, and girls in general. They weren’t human, they were men’s gratification, and they served no purpose in life,” said an anonymous convicted sex offender (A...
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