Beware the uninformed and the danger of little knowledge

This op-ed in Washington Post, titled "Beware the internet and the danger of cyberattacks" exemplifies the neo-luddites that know little about what the internet actually does (think of it as a global economic engine) for most people and are quite happy to, supposedly, live without it.

According to the author the internet “is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress.” Supposedly the internet is all about “instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more.” (Yes, GPS. Indeed. On the internet. Indeed.)

So this internet is quite obviously not a big deal.

How that not a big deal that we can live without suddenly transforms into a capability to disrupt ” power grids, pipelines, communication and financial systems, business record-keeping and supply-chain operations, railroads and airlines, databases of all types (from hospitals to government agencies). The list runs on.” is not explained. Now either it’s not a big deal or it’s the biggest freaking deal in the world! One or the other.

And the doomsday scenario of the uninformed goes on: “So much depends on the Internet that its vulnerability to sabotage invites doomsday visions of the breakdown of order and trust.”

Because, as you know, when there’s a prolonged power outage (apologies for linking to Wikipedia, but I’m lazy) there is inevitable rapid descend into Hobbesian world.