Quickly tell an internet optimist from an internet pessimist
20 questions: which do you agree with?
- The internet allows me to reach out and meet people I would never otherwise meet.
- The internet allows me to find what I want and organize it the way I like it.
- I love the way I have internet friends all over the world.
- I am amazed by the diversity of opinion that I encounter on the net.
- The beauty of the web is that I can hear the opinions of less powerful people before we make a decision.
- We can make our voices heard on the internet.
- It’s great the way that so much on the internet is free.
- I love the way people reward each other with gifts on the internet.
- It’s incredible the way we put together Wikipedia by donating whatever knowledge we each had.
- I love the way that my little contribution makes something bigger like Flickr work.
- It terrible the way people only talk to their own friends on the net.
- The information on the internet is so disjointed.
- I fear that people on the internet follow their own interests and disregard the views of others.
- I get so tired of the same opinions being voiced over and over again.
- It’s too easy on the internet to manipulate the opinions of vulnerable people
- It is too easy to bully someone on the internet.
- Valuable industries like newspapers will die because of the internet.
- If we don’t have property rights, then there will be no reason to compose good music or write good books.
- Wikipedia will drop to the “lowest common denominator”.
- At the end of the day, great works are accomplished by talented people who have worked hard and practiced long.
Are you an internet optimist or internet pessimist?
Scoring. The top 10 questions describe internet optimists and the bottom 10 describe internet pessimists.
The original list, in much more academic language, was written by Adam Thierer He is looking for a publisher, btw.
Your score? Are you an optimist or pessimist about life with the internet?
With my psychologist’s hat on
- What are the defensive positions that we want covered by the pessimists?
- And would we trust them, anyway, to cover the weak spots?
It’s funny how the difference between optimists and pessimists is a canyon of trust.
- How can pessimists lay out an approach to the internet that makes optimists trust them?
- How can optimists lay out the internet so pessimists can trust it?
Have I got the questions right?