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The Internet Grows Up

Aug 24, 1998, Vol. 3, No. 47 • By DAVID FRUM
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Back when the Internet was new, its aficionados used to worry about a corporate takeover of the Internet -- the day when the New York Times and Disney and Charles Schwab would displace the electronic newsletters and chat groups as the main attractions on the World Wide Web. That day is here. For most of us, that's good news: Quite a lot of people are interested in what the Times and Disney and Charles Schwab have to offer. Now that the Internet is an integral part of American society, it must be governed by the same rules that govern mass communication elsewhere. The cultists hate that. But then, if we had listened to them, the nation's newest conduit for goods, ideas, and services would be merely a high-tech background for endless games of Dungeons and Dragons.

David Frum is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.