What’s wrong with the internet?

28 Nov

I like the internet alot. I think it’s amazing. And convenient.
But, I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s not perfect.

A few problems that I think should be corrected to make the internet better:

  • There are no ratings
    I think every website should be rated according to it’s content and language. And parents and schools should be able to set their computers to what level they want to allow their children to have access to.
    As it is, it’s too easy for children to view all kinds of unmentionable things.
    I suppose some people will read that and think “It’s the parents’ job to monitor what their kids look at!“…to which I’d say that’s precisely why I want sites to be rated—so I can monitor what my kids have access to!
    I mean, movies are rated for that reason. Noone expects parents to go to a theater and watch a movie so that they can decide whether or not to allow their kids to watch it! I think the internet should be rated similiarly.
  • Uninformed opinions posing as fact.
    If you’re not 100% positive of something that you’re writing, just say “I think…” or “Maybe…”! I mean when I search the web for the answer to a question, I’d like to think that the answer I find is correct and not the webmaster’s opinion. There’s nothing wrong with posting your opinion or observations on your site…but you should clarify it as such!
    For example, I saw a blog by someone who visited Japan and at one point he stated that Japan has no sales tax. This is wrong. Japan’s sales tax is currently 5%. I’m sure that he thought there’s no sales tax here because a few years ago it became mandatory for shops to show the after-tax price…so the cost on the price tag is the amount you pay.
    He should have either researched Japan’s sales tax online…or simply stated something like: “I think Japan has no sales tax“.
  • Unanswered email and comments.
    If you put your email address and/or comment section on your site…you should reply to every email and comment that you receive! As soon as possible. Especially if you’re a company!

Just my opinion.

On a different note, Guns ‘N Roses, the American rock ‘n roll band that was immensely popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s, just released a new album after seventeen years!

I believe that the only original member in the current line-up is W. Axl Rose, the vocalist.

The name of the new album is “Chinese Democracy“.


If they released this album in the early ’90s, soon after their 1991 two-album release (Use Your Illusion I and II), it surely would’ve been a big hit.

But I wonder how relevant Guns ‘N Roses are now.

Anyways, I read online that the Chinese government was upset with the title track and removed it from the pressings of the album in China…and that the Guns ‘N Roses website is inaccessible there.

Also, the American soft drink company, Dr. Pepper®, had a campaign that was if the Guns ‘N Roses album “Chinese Democracy” is released before the end of the year 2008…they’d give a free Dr. Pepper drink to every person in America. And, according to this website, they did it!
Did you live in America? Did you get a free Dr. Pepper?

5 Responses to “What’s wrong with the internet?”

  1. tokyo5 November 29, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Did you listen to the album?
    You can hear it at Guns ‘N Roses MySpace page…
    Here: http://www.myspace.com/gunsnroses


  2. Sir Pent November 29, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    I agree…on both counts.
    The bad news is that I hear it’s a really good album.


  3. tokyo5 November 29, 2008 at 12:40 am #

    Sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving! It’s not a holiday here, of course…but my wife makes an excellent Thanksgiving dinner for us every year. We want the kids to know about their American heritage, too.

    Sir Pent…
    I’m not sure Axl has a right to be offended if Dr. Pepper mocks him…isn’t this new album title (and title track) kinda mocking China?

    >Axl doesn’t deserve for this record to succeed.

    But I’m thinking that many people will probably buy it whether it’s good or not…just because it’s the first Guns ‘N Roses album since 1991.


  4. Sir Pent November 28, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    I was reading a news article about the Dr. Pepper…apparently Axl is suing them. His beefs:
    > they didn’t REALLY do their due diligence in getting everyone that wanted a free Dr. Pepper a free Dr. Pepper. (People had to download a coupon from a website that was only open ONE day and apparently was down most of that day.)
    > they offered the free Dr. Pepper as a way to mock Axl

    Axl doesn’t deserve for this record to succeed.


  5. Mom November 28, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Happy Tksgiving!! We had a delicious turkey dinner with pumpkin pie and all the fixings. Dad cooked most but since he picked it up from Boston Mkt. the cooking was pretty easy.
    yea, the computer and internet and all has definitely changed life for the better i think. it isn’t perfect but all in all i am so thankful for just the way that we can stay in touch so easily.
    i did hear about that album and i heard that China has banned it in their country! talk about loss of freedom-i would hate that. have you heard any of the songs?
    we were going to call you but the time factor is keeping us from doing it since we go to bed early and don’t want to wake you in the middle of the night. so let your family know that we send our love and miss you all and love you so much. Mom


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