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After the presenters have posted their statements pro and con and their rebuttals to each other for Debate 13.1 classmates are required to write a paragraph response . First, before reading the debate, note if you are for or against the statement (before reading the debate, do you agree more with the pro or con position?). Then note if your position changed or remained the same after you read the debate (after reading the debate, do you agree more with the pro or con position?) Give any insights on the debate or debate topic.

Pro post:

The advantages brought by internet to society and the public outweigh its disadvantages.


The emergence of the Internet has been hailed as the greatest invention of the 20th century. In today’s information age, internet has entered every corner of human society. Internet allows people to access 24 hours a day and provides a platform for people all over the world to communicate. It already has become the most efficient way for people to get information. Internet not only brings great convenience to People’s Daily work, study and life, but also has a positive impact on the social economy.

The Internet has greatly promoted the economic development. On the one hand, the Internet has become the engine of the new economic development and created a new economic development model. On the other hand, the Internet has played an innovative role in the transformation. The Internet has powered the growth of firms in tech hubs such as Silicon Valley and has the potential to change the way a broad range of businesses operate, it has already shaken up the news media and has even invented an entirely new sector — the sharing economy.(Penn) The Internet contributes 3.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in at least 13 countries, including the us, UK, Canada and Spain; The Internet also creates a lot of jobs; The Internet has also provided a platform with the most people flow for many campaigns. For example, the online crowdfunding platform raised more than $2.7 billion in 2013, which is enough to fund more than 1 million campaigns launched by ordinary people with creative ideas. (González)

Almost everyone in our society have benefited from the rapid development of the Internet. For consumers, online ordering, take-out and online shopping all provide them with great convenience. In addition, before considering buying a product, they can also know the comments and Suggestions of other people who have bought similar products through the Internet, then can avoid buying unsatisfied products. For businesses, the Internet makes them greatly reduces the cost, as long as a warehouse can open an online store, only need to spend a very low cost can advertise on the Internet has a big traffic platform in the world. These also reduce the price of the buyer at the same time, and to a great extent, pulling the national consumer enthusiasm. For students, the number of students taking online courses has jumped 96% in the past five years. Online learning resources and online courses have greatly helped them, and the popularity of the Internet has increased the number of college graduates. (González) For job seekers, they can use the Internet to find jobs and apply online, which saves them a lot of time. When there was no mobile banking, such banking services as money transfer and foreign exchange could only be handled in person at the bank, but since the popularization of mobile banking, these operations can be performed at any time on the mobile phone. At the same time, online payment has gradually replaced the traditional payment behavior, which greatly improves the efficiency of doing things. The Internet also facilitates communication between people, and even if they are far apart, people can stay in touch through social media.

The impact of the Internet to the society is subtle, when some people still think they are not affected by the Internet, they actually have already been a user of the Internet. Office work is inseparable from the Internet, education is inseparable from the Internet, life services are inseparable from the Internet, enterprise transformation cannot be separated from the Internet, in the context of the environment is inseparable from the Internet, without the Internet is equivalent to separate from the society. Human beings are developing, society is improving, and the rapid development of the Internet is the general trend. I think that the advantages brought by internet to society and the public always outweigh its disadvantages.

Work cited

Gabriela González, “A million reasons why the internet is good for you”, blogthinkbig, 4 September, 2014. (Links to an external site.)

(Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Joanna Penn, “How is the Internet fueling economic growth in the developing world? New research”, Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center, 7 July, 2015.…

Reply from con:

Rebuttal and Question:


Hi Yueming, I like how you view the effect that internet brought to us, and I also agree that you said the internet gives people huge convenient from economy to daily life. However, I don’t think the disadvantages from internet will disappear only because of the cyber police and regulations.

First of all, you mentioned that the internet promoted the economy development which is a great point for stating your position, but the internet will not only promoted the economy development, but also will destroy it under those black hands. As I said, the rate of internet cyber is still increasing because of the unsure punishment which will directly destroy the economy market. Then, you said that internet gives consumers convenient for online shopping and ordering since they can decide their action based on the review from previous buyers, you believe that businesses also can reduce the cost for running a real store. In my opinion, the network is not only convenient to help you find what you want, but also convenient for you to hide what you don’t want to be found, and more convenient for you to use malicious means to compete. We could not deny the convenient that internet brought to us, but in some way, the internet were also used to do bad things. Taking an example from mine, I also like shopping online, before pay for it, I will always check the review from other buyers. But every time when I got the package from sellers, I found that the the cloths I got are different from the pictures showed online. I checked with my friends the reason why will this phenomenon appear especially that every previous buyers said it’s good. Finally I know that sellers can change the reviews from bad to good. Not only for that, some seller even pay some people for writing bad reviews to their opposite stores. Therefore, I still believe that the internet brought lots of disadvantages and it is hard to solve.


You believe the cyber policies and regulations will improve in futures and all disadvantage will disappear, so my question is what will you do to improve the cyber policies and regulations if you are from supervision department?

Con post:

The advantages brought by internet to society and the public outweigh its disadvantages.


It is undeniable that the internet indeed brought many advantages to society, however, its uncontrollability has brought more harm than its advantages. Since everyone has the rights for using internet, so it is difficult to maintain a safe and healthy Internet Environment. The disadvantages of the internet, including the internet crime, the internet violence and addicted to the Internet, have caused great harm to the society and the public’s physiology and psychology.

Internet crime means the crime activities are carried out through the internet and using the internet as the source for profits. Internet crime has some unique characteristics: low cost, rapid spread, wide spread; high interaction, concealment, difficult to obtain evidence; serious social harm. It is because of these factors, internet crime is very hard to punish and the punishment is generally lower than other forms of crime. In Why Internet crime goes unpunished, the security adviser Roger A. Grimes also points out that “Internet crime is worse than ever, and the reasons are clear: It’s highly lucrative and far less risky than, say, an old-fashioned bank heist”. There was also a report from FBI in 2011, which indicated “300,000 people were victimized over the Internet to the tune of $1.1 billion.Although that averages out to only $3,666 per victim, the typical Internet hacker commits thousands to hundreds of thousands of these crimes and almost never gets caught”. These real data also show the impact and harm of cybercrime on society. Therefore, even though the internet’s original function is not for this, it still can not deny it’s seriously affecting social and economic security.

Internet violence is also a big problem that the society is experiencing. It is precisely because living in this era of data transparency, everyone’s information is easy to leak on the network. So a lot of people are oppressed by internet violence because people can freely express their opinions on the Internet without any punishments. Even though the internet brought great convenience in searching information, but many people have been discussed and criticized by netizens because of some experiences and events, and even some people have caused serious psychological diseases such as depression or social phobia. In this case, the degree of suicide of victims of internet violence also increases gradually. In the article Social Media and Suicide: A Public Health Perspective, it points out that “more than 30 000 suicide deaths in the United States and nearly 1 million suicide deaths worldwide occur every year. a reported results from a survey given to approximately 2000 middle school children that indicated that victims of cyberbullying were almost 2 times as likely to attempt suicide than those who were not”. The lack of strict laws delayed internet violence disappear, at the same time, the internet violence have caused great harm to the society and the public’s physiology.

Excepting those two reasons, some group of people such as teenagers and students are difficult to face the temptation from interesting internet world. It is true that internet is great place for us especially teenagers and students to relax by listening music, having social interaction and finding resources from busy study life. However, to some children with weak wills, it is easy to addicted to internet for video games or other entertainment forms. These will directly affect the teenagers’ physical fitness. In the article Teens Internet Addiction: 10 Symptoms of Internet Addiction Disorder, the author indicated that “In fact, according to a recent study , internet addiction has been shown to disrupt adolescents’ sleep cycles.Brain scans have also revealed that teen internet addiction can have negative effects on the parts of the brain responsible for emotional processing, executive attention, decision making , and cognitive control”(Outback Treatment). From this point of view, the network has brought us great harm in one way based on the above three reasons. Everything has two aspect, it depends on how you view it, but for me, I don’t agree that internet brought more advantages than its disadvantages.

Work Cited

Grimes, Roger A., and Roger A. Grimes. “Why Internet Crime Goes Unpunished.” CSO Online, CSO, 10 Jan. 2012, (Links to an external site.).

Luxton, David D, et al. “Social Media and Suicide: a Public Health Perspective.” American Journal of Public Health, American Public Health Association, May 2012, (Links to an external site.).

Adela Munjko January 5th. “Teens Internet Addiction: 10 Symptoms of Internet Addiction Disorder.” Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, 24 Apr. 2017, (Links to an external site.).

REply from pro:

Rebuttal and Question:


Hi Qinglan, I enjoyed reading your post. You bring up some good points in your statement. I agree with your that the Internet does bring some bad effects to the society and the public, but I think these problems all can be solved over time, while the benefits brought by the Internet are huge.

First of all, as for the internet crime problem you mentioned, I think it is due to the imperfection of cyber policies and regulations. At present, the Internet is still in the stage of development, I think this problem is understandable, and I believe that network policies and regulations will be improved in the near future. Secondly, as for the information leakage problem you mentioned, I think the most important thing is that people can enhance their awareness and vigilance to protect their information security. Third, as for the problem of internet violence, I think it is actually a social problem that has been magnified by the Internet, which is not a problem caused by the Internet. In real life, if people are criticized, insulted and abused by others, they will also suffer great psychological harm, such as school bullying. And these social problems have always existed. Fourthly, as for the problem that the Internet is likely to make teenagers addicted, I think it is not a disadvantage of the Internet. Compared with all the entertainment, study always make teenagers feel boring. It’s not just the Internet, but television, novels, etc., that can also be addictive to teenagers, so the key is self-control and parental supervision and education.

You do not agree that internet brought more advantages than its disadvantages, so the question I want to ask is, nowadays the internet has penetrated into people’s lives and work, how do people live a normal life without the Internet?

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