Those who have used the Internet since it was first widely available in the 1990s, have viewed with dismay the deterioration of its usefulness over the past decade. While computer manufacturers have installed faster processors, and service providers have announced generation after generation of supposedly faster connections, the reality has been a trend in the opposite direction. There is no doubt that technological advances have made all electronic systems work faster, but the increase in speed has been more than offset by manipulations serving commercial interests.
There was a time when one could type into a search engine what one needed and reach a web page that exactly supplied one’s requirement and responded at once to one’s further instructions. Now, the search engines are programmed to ignore the full import of one’s input and select only one or two words of commercial significance to provide the enquirer with a plethora of unwanted irrelevant websites with something to sell. If one does succeed in finding a website that is relevant to one’s search, it remains frozen and inoperable until the last advertisement has been fully installed and then becomes a minefield in which one must tread cautiously to avoid further unwanted diversions.