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The Internet is a proper noun and is always capitalized. You are using the Internet right now.

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[edit] At Knox

The Internet is mainly accessed in student rooms or in computer labs, though some students use wi-fi and cell phones.

[edit] Wi-Fi

Many areas of the Knox campus get wi-fi that can only be accessed with Knox Internet credentials. Therefore, only students, faculty and staff can use it. If you have a Windows PC, you will have a much harder time figuring out how to get connected than Mac users.

[edit] File-sharing

All file sharing services are blocked on the Knox campus. This includes Bit Torrent, Kazaa, Soulseek and Limewire (and more). While several students are angry about this decision, there has not been much of a fight.

[edit] Arguments for blocking

Galesburg is basically in the armpit of the Internet and the college cannot get the broadband it needs easily. If file sharing services are turned on, they would clog the already stressed network.

Colleges and Universities have been getting sued by the MPAA and RIAA for letting their students use file sharing services that make illegal, copyright-infringing downloads easier.<ref>Why the RIAA Sues Universities</ref>

[edit] Arguments against blocking

Many see file sharing as a free speech issue. How can software that makes it easier to find more diverse media be bad? And it should be the job of our college to foster information, not ban it.<ref>EFF: Let the Music Play</ref> File sharing technology is new and powerful, but a Knox student does not have the ability to experience this important technological change, which seems to go against the mission of Knox College.

There are legitimate uses for file sharing services, especially Bit Torrent. If a site without much money wants to provide large files to many people, Bit Torrent technology will allow the file to be dispersed from user to user instead of relying on the site's bandwidth alone. In this way, Bit Torrent or similar technology could be a very important tool in keeping the Internet equal.


[edit] Ted Stevens

Ted Stevens, United States Senator from Alaska, said the Internet is "not a big truck" but "a series of tubes". <youtube v="f99PcP0aFNE"/>


After he said this, users made remix videos of his stupidity. <youtube v="EtOoQFa5ug8"/>

[edit] The Internet is for porn

It was commonly believed for much of the 90s and parts of the 21st century that the Internet was only for porn. Fairly successful off-Broadway musical "Avenue Q" had a song about it. <youtube v="QtiGd58J0bY"/>


David Wong's "The Great Internet Porn-Off"<ref>The Great American Porn-Off by David Wong</ref> discusses the realities behind a late 2004 United States Senate debate<ref>Internet Porn: Worse Than Crack? by Ryan Singel</ref> about the addictiveness of Internet porn.

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