The Internet will fade into the background, says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. Yes, it will just vanish, like Amelia Earhart or state gay marriage bans or NBC's "Bad Judge." Poof. Up in smoke. Now there will be things I'll miss, but there are other things that the Internet has perpetrated that we can simply do without.
Sure, advertising has always been thematically dishonest, I suppose. It depicts a world of smiling people, made grinningly content by consumer goods -- which in the long run is the opposite of true. And behind the scenes, ad agencies did often get screwed by corrupt employees and vendors even as they were themselves screwing clients. Ah, for the good old days. Compared to now, they were 99 44/100ths pure.
This weekend, "On the Media" did a story about Internet content poachers such as Dose.ca, which cuts and pastes nascent memes from around the Web, optimizes headlines, and redistributes them with little or no credit or linkage to the original authors and copyright holders. What's reprehensible is the impunity with which it all takes place.
A gang of hacker extortionists is going the extra mile to simplify and facilitate a transaction for its ransomware victims -- even if the transaction is ransom to liberate one's computer files from CryptoWall's possession. If CryptoWall can take the anxiety out of blackmail, maybe someday, if you're not afraid to dream, your modem can be replaced in a 4-hour window.