Is the Web Dead? You Are Reading This Post, Right?

August 20, 2010

The Web is dead, or so the famous geek magazine, Wired, recently proclaimed. Fortunately, cooler heads are prevailing. Tech and pop culture hotspot Boing Boing took this ridiculous claim to task in a recent article, “Is the Web Really Dead?”. Using Wired’s comically misguided charts and graphs as evidence of factual negligence, the article pointed out more than one “interesting editorial choice”. In fact, as Boing Boing pointed out in its own hilariously similar charts, the internet is actually getting more popular, stating, “[a]ccording to Cisco, the same source Wired used for its projections, total Internet traffic rose then from about one exabyte to seven exabytes between 2005 and 2010.” An exabyte, of course, is a stack of floppies as big as the fish I caught in Harrod’s Creek, Kentucky, last week.

We’d like to applaud Boing Boing for showing us that, just because a news source needs a splashy headline, that doesn’t make it fact. Clearly, the confusion of plumbing, information, and methods of access is painful.

Stephen E Arnold, August 20, 2010


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