Part of the quote from Postman's book that Donnelly starts out our take-home final with reads:
"Until, years from now, when it will be noticed that the massive collection and speed-of-light retrieval of data have been of great value to large scale organizations but have solved very little of importance to most people and have created at least as many problems for them as they may have solved." (pg. 161)
I found it amazing, when giving this quote a second read through, that Postman would really think that the computer and internet would be of little or no real use to the individual. It seems to me that, though the "speed-of-light retrieval" provides us with much information we do not need, causing "irrelevance," "impotence," and "incoherence," it also provides us with a multitude of information that we use to improve ourselves as people. While learning about what is going on in Africa may not provide directly useful information that pertains to our daily lives, it gives us a scope through which to view the world, and not only our little corner of it. Postman argues that having access to such information makes us feel obligated to engage in it, keep ourselves always updated, etc., and therefore causes us to become obsessed with meaningless information. I think this may be true for some, but not for all, and should not be for any. Succumbing to this obligation is the fault of the individual.
Also, I don't think it would be wise to overlook the impact that the internet has made on our schooling. The amount of access we have to information: journals, news articles, professional papers, makes our education infinitely more rounded, and our papers more in depth.
I believe that any one person who is not deriving knowledge and furthering himself through his access to the internet own the fault for that failure. The internet provides us with junk, and it provides us with gold. It is our choice which to mine.