Tim Berners-Lee is a modern guru, having invented the HTML programming language that underlies delivery of Web content through browsers. So it is with reluctance and caution that I assert that Berners-Lee is incorrect. This quote for Berners-Lee’s blog is, however, a statement with which I cannot agree. Rather than making life “simpler”, as he suggests, the Internet has vastly complicated it. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily. Indeed, the proliferation of information, the explosion of creativity, and the democratization of the media have improved the quality of life for millions, and enriched worldwide culture in ways unimaginable just a decade or so ago. So to say that the Internet has made life simpler is, to my mind and with all due respect to Dr. Berners-Lee, just not the case. It has made life so much more complex, rich and diverse, and infinitely more interesting.
“Let’s think about the Net now as an invention which made life simpler…”
— Tim Berners-Lee