Evolution of the Internet The Internet's greatest value is the ability to learn from others. It was developed to share research among scientists and universities. What the internet has become is an all-out barrage of advertising, questionable content, misdirection and a complete disregard for privacy. Topping this list is Facebook whose business model is based on giving users their own webpage in exchange for the information they gather about you. Do you really think ads for Viagra and Russian brides are enough to support a $500 billion company??? Sadly, businesses jumped on the popularity contest bandwagon asking their customers to "like" them. In fact, if a company or business truly cared about their customers, they would avoid Facebook, putting their customers privacy & security first. Equally, many websites have become placeholders for ads that are unrelated to the topic of the site. Ad Networks such as Taboola (and Google) need to examine the long term effects of the sensationalistic leaders they use to drive traffic to websites forcing you to click through dozens of ad-filled pages, then begin tracking you around the internet delivering reminders of a product you may or may not have an interest in. I'm sure there are studies connecting purchase habits with repeatedly putting a product in front of a viewer. It's not unlike the subliminal advertising that was banned from television commercials (and movies!) many decades ago. For decades, manufacturers advertised in magazines because it was a targeted audience driven by the knowledge of a few writers. The internet has shown us that thousands of people have real world experience and some of them can really write! Why would you read the ramblings of one writer when you can tap into the knowledge of thousands of your peers? This is why internet forums flourished before pop-social medias arrived on the scene. It's not just the collective knowledge that passionate people have for a specific topic, forums allow engagement without sacrificing privacy and ultimately, security.