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Friday, August 27, 2004

The Net Lives to See Another Day!

Yesterday, fears spread that an "electronic jihad" would bring down parts of the Internet. Fortunately, that didn't come to pass. In fact, much of the warning was dismissed as a hoax, even though it has been reported by reputable news sources.

In these days of heightened terror warnings, one can not dismiss warnings of any sort out of hand. However, I fear we are starting to fall into a "chicken little syndrome," whereby:
  1. A warning is issued
  2. (Some) people panic
  3. Nothing happens
  4. Everyone grumbles that the warning was a load of BS, and more people ignore the next warning
  5. Rinse and repeat