Deleting the internet’s innocence

The internet is having a rough adolescence

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

This is a powerful summation of how many of us early intermet users are feeling right now:

Deleting those tweets was the nail in the coffin of my innocent relationship with the internet. That’s a lesson all online denizens have been learning as we watch net neutrality unravel, trolls and disinformation armies weaponize our old content, and social media surface dangerous rumors that, at their worst, can influence the outcomes of elections or get people killed.

In my more hopeful moments, I mourn the passing of the web's innocent childhood, accept that we're in its difficult teenage years, and hope that it grows into a well-adjusted adult.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.