10 things the Internet has ruined and five things it hasn't

From sex to Nigeria to arguments in bars to Chuck Norris: The Internet has badly affected them all (except Chuck Norris).

Five Things the Net Hasn't Killed or Ruined

1. Irrational Exuberance

You'd think the dot-com implosion would have taught people something. You'd be wrong. Irrational faith in the triumph of new technology just shifted to social media sites and, lately, the Apple iPad. "Life-changing"? We don't think so.

2. Faith in 'the Wisdom of Crowds'

Though we're not sure why not. Anyone who's ever used the sites Digg, Reddit, or even Google knows the most popular things on the Net are rarely the best. It turns out crowds are no smarter than individuals. They're just louder.

3. Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Offline retailers are still with us, despite the best efforts of Amazon, Buy.com, and the like. One thing that seems to have thankfully passed on, however: the phrase "click and mortar." It shall not be missed.

4. Deceit

The Internet has allowed people to reinvent themselves in ways they could never pull off in the flesh. You might be a middle-aged dude who hasn't seen his toes in 10 years, but your Second Life avatar is 24 and smoking hot; also, she has blue skin and a tail.

5. Chuck Norris

Only Chuck Norris is powerful enough to kill Chuck Norris, and even then he'd automatically replicate.

When Contributing Editor Dan Tynan isn't composing numbered lists, he's helping to make the world safe for snark with his geek humor site, eSarcasm .

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