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That the internet has a damaging impact on society


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Time remaining to post: 2020-04-04 00:32:04

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AsmaAsma (PRO)
Internet is a basic accessible broadband network through which we can know the current past situations of the world. From my point of view i dont  think internet has a damaging impact on soceity as it helps us in every possible way. Moreover it has made our work easier and nowadays we can order foods then taxi and other essential things. The biggest advantage is through internet we can contact or talk with loved and dear ones. once we talk to our loved ones we dont feel that we are in a long distance relationship as we can see each other. Actually internet has made everything easier even in universities it is doing a great task as it helps us to join  online courses with social interaction with the teacher.
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2020-03-28 09:33:05
adminadmin (CON)
I think my opponent for their opening statement.

My opponent is arguing that the internet does not have a damaging impact on society. This is the contrary (con) position of the topic. So for the purposes of this debate, we will pretend that the topic reads "That the internet does not have a damaging impact on society," and I will negate that (even though it is the opposite to the sides we were supposed to argue).

First, my opponent has put forward several reasons why the internet is good.
  • She mentions it makes work easier, but doesn't explain how. In fact, for many people, the internet is nothing but a distraction at work with social media, online games, funny cat videos on YouTube, and exciting online debate websites.
  • She also points out we can order food or taxis online. This may save time, but it's unclear how this helps wider society. Indeed, taxis fill up our roadways, delivered food is less healthy, and both encourage an unhealthy sort of consumerism.
  • She mentions the ability to talk with more-distant loved ones online, but people already did this before the internet using telephones. She never explains how the internet has made this more possible.
  • She mentions online courses in universities with social interaction. That is all well and good, but I remember when I was in university, there was social interaction in offline lectures. Whatever happened to the radical idea that "going to university" means, quite literally, going to university?

Now I intend to show the damaging impact of the internet. I'll start with these four arguments.
  • Not everything and everyone has a home on the internet. People, communities and ideas are routinely targeted, bullied and victimized. This is much worse online because it is usually unclear who is behind these attacks. The impact on society is that people in real life feel less safe, and more emboldened to attack the ideas of others.
  • On a similar note, the move for increasing digitisation of real-world applications has created a marketplace for cheap fraud, especially in the forms of fake news and identity theft. The latter is a serious issue facing applications such as online payment gateways, with some consumers drained of all their finances, while the former has proven to be politically dangerous with serious real-world harms to democracy.
  • Even if this were not the case, information overload and big data through the internet has necessitated the development of artificial intelligence to maintain a competitive advantage for many companies. This intelligence has been repeatedly linked to layoffs with significant economic harms; failures of these systems then may create further economic harms, especially those that predict loans and stocks.
  • People's commitment to a system that allows them to access information quickly has led to a global culture of instant gratification, which in turn has caused mass global depression and other mental disorders. The long-term impact has been a kind of dissatisfaction, coupled with access to information, that fuels criminal activity, such as lone wolf terrorists.

The (changed) resolution is negated.

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2020-03-28 12:18:12
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