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Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton Says That No Good Has Come From the Internet

Prove Sony CEO Wrong: What Good Came From the Internet?

In the most surprising thing I've ever heard a leader in technology say, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton remarked that "I'm a guy who doesn't see anything good having come from the Internet."

Now I know that working in tech doesn't mean you automatically love the Internet, it just seems like such a shortsighted thing to say. I realize that Lynton's concern was in the illegal distribution of movies on the Internet, but there is way too much to be said for the Internet's role in disseminating knowledge and info about movies that benefits the film industry.

But anyway — let's address Lynton's quote and geek out together: I can think of many, many good things that have come from the Internet. Off the top of my head, there's email, the "cloud," Craigslist, my job, not to mention the concept for the greatest show on earth. Tell me what your favorite thing is that came from the Internet!


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djkatscan djkatscan 8 years
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
The ability for anyone to raise thousands of dollars for charity. I've walked in the Breast Cancer 3-Day twice and the majority of my donations were solicited through email (from myself and passed on through others) and received online. I used my personal page on the 3-Day site to post news and updates and I set up my own blog as well. I added a fundraising link on Facebook and posted pictures of my training, my fundraising parties and the event itself on Picasa so that all of my donors could feel like they were a part of it. Without all that, I would never have been as successful.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
Wow, bitter much? I recall in the 80s Sony was THE brand to have. Sounds like they're finding their loss of market share is hurting. Poor babies. Maybe not disillusioning their customers would be a start?
karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
Pretty much, information at the tip of my fingers and easy communication. Sony's CEO was just being a brat.
LeslieLaFleur LeslieLaFleur 8 years
Everyone pretty much covered the responsible things so I'm gonna say IMDB, Ebay, Perezhilton, facebook (i've caught up with so many old friends) and Porn.
tyffi tyffi 8 years
Information. Definitely information. You get news on current events before those events have happened. *lol* You can read reviews of current movies, music, TV shows, etc, written by ordinary people and not some critics. You can connect with people from all over the world - well, almost. Yes, China, I'm looking at you! Also, it saves a lot of time when it comes to research. You need to look up a certain topic because you're writing a thesis, or whatever - the WWW helps you.
Schmange Schmange 8 years
Being able to trade files, shop, look up information, get instant news, find somebody's phone number, write to hundreds of people without spending a cent, downloading music... the list goes on.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
In the 90's, it greatly improved our economy. From a different standpoint, the internet goes beyond just cool or cute websites. The best thing that came from the internet was allowing people to connect in a different way, to express opinions and spread information. The spread of information is just wonderful. It simplifies your life.
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