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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 31 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3076


The internet is a modern miracle but a mixed blessing. It enables us to search
and communicate with the rest of the world; but it also enables the
rest of the world to search and communicate about us. Like most
progress, the internet enhances our lives, but compromises our privacy. Since
the internet is a sine qua non of modernity, we should enjoy the
former and accept the latter. Let’s not worry about things we can’t change and
can’t do without. And let’s not succumb to Ludditism or paranoia and reduce
our lives to cloak-and-dagger pulp fiction.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 January 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA