Here is a recent story about how the internet could have possibly stopped Hitler had it been around in the 1930's/1940's:
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The spread of information on the Internet has given the world a new tool to forestall conflicts, Nobel literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio said Sunday.In his Nobel lecture to the Swedish Academy, the 68-year-old Frenchman said an earlier introduction of information technology could even have prevented World War II."Who knows, if the Internet had existed at the time, perhaps Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded — ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day," he said. - Daily News
What a load of crap. If there is a shred of truth to this theory, then why is it that the internet has failed to stop:
- - Iran's nuclear program and support of terrorists.
- - North Korea's communist government
- - Zimbabwe's criminal government
- - Cuba's communist government
- - Genocide happening a couple of times/places in Africa
- - Russia's aggressive actions in Europe
- - Saddam's Iraq
Not only that, but it seems that the internet has kept alive lies that have been disproved over and over, such as those surrounding the 9/11 attacks, those suggesting that Saddam had no WMD, and so on. The internet has also failed to overcome mainstream media's decision to ignore certain news items, such as unflattering news about President-elect Obama whether true or not. Only these day you can find such news if you bother to go and look for it. That at least is a good start.
Adding to the limited benefits of the internet to stop wars, oppressive countries filter their citizen's access to the internet. Worse, these regimes can use the internet as one more way to spread their propaganda. When all else fails, they can simply do a denial of service attack, as Russia did against Estonia and Georgia in recent years. During the Soviet Soldier statue conflict in Estonia, it was impossible to get access to any Embassy of Estonia website as they were all under a denial of service attack.
It has also failed to stop misguided or plain simply bad/disingenuous information such as truly bad misinformation on firearms and the completely useless 'assault weapon' ban that there is now talk of reinstating, even though there is no 'assault weapon' crime to warrant a new 'ban' and especially considering that the weapons will remain available in slightly different form in order to continue to be sold under a ban. It is just liberal feel-good legislation.
It is not the internet that stops bad things from happening. It is people of honor and will.