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The internet created a false expectation...the whole "information will set you free" bullshit
People create the false expectation. Especially people with something to sell, such as access to the Internet.
The internet lets people be dumb as shit about ever more stuff
People self-narrowing their sets of facts happens with or without the Internet.
The internet has given unprecedented power to manipulate large numbers of people for fun and profit to too many bad actors
Sure but the only difference in such broadcasted opinion/propaganda is the scope and pace. It's the exact same public opinion manipulation we've always had, but you're blaming the technology for some reason.
Why not completely block countries that sell counterfeit goods, that are the home of catfishers and email scams, or allow bulletproof hosting of kiddie porn and money laundering?
This is a different debate question than "internet is a net-bad for society". I haven't really thought too much about that question, but off the top of my head, do you support cutting off an Iranian med student's access to internet documentation on the basis of the country they were born in being a 'bad actor'?