What's the best way to use the Internet?

 

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Question: What’s the best way to use the Internet?

 

Jason Kottke: I don’t know.  I don’t think I would tell anybody how to use the Internet.  I mean I guess I would tell them to get off . . .  If they’re on any sort of gated service . . .  I mean they’re becoming, I think, less and less rate.  But like the free . . .  Nothing beats the free, untethered Internet if you can deal with the “Spam” – whether it’s e-mail, or ads, or pornography or whatever.  Unless you’re into pornography.  You know if you can deal with all that stuff, there’s nothing like sort of the untethered, unfettered Internet for really, you know . . . really getting into a topic or getting into whatever you’re interested in.  You know sort of the sanitized versions like AOL . . .  I’m not even sure if AOL’s services is available anymore.  I think they’re just . . .  They push people straight to the Internet at this point.  But my mom, for instance, she still lives in Yahoo!  She goes to My Yahoo! to read the news and to get the weather and things like that, and I think that’s fine for her.  But to anybody who’s curious, I would say kind of break out of that and go exploring and wandering around.  Find some dark alleys.

 

Recorded on: 10/9/07

 

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