These Poor Naive Canadians Thought The Internet Would Be Polite



The Huffington Post has dug up a CBC TV segment from 1993 that looked at the future of the web. The network talked to John Allen, a Canadian playwright and “internet enthusiast”, about the online communities of the early ’90s.

Those ever-nice and trusting Canadians couldn’t foresee that many corners of the internet would one day devolve into a cesspool of anger and poopmouth language.

“There’s an interesting kind of restraint that you find [online],” Allen said. “I mean, there’s not a lot of cursing or swearing. There’s not a lot of personal cuts. There’s not a lot of putdowns that one would expect to find. You know, there’s not screenfuls of ‘go to hell,’ which is surprising.”

Sadly, I’ve read a putdown or two on this very internet website. What is the world coming to? [Huffington Post]