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The editorial is very thought provoking. What you are saying here is a kind of the antithesis to the old saying: "Give a man a fish and he eats for one day. Teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

I guess the next question is what can be done to prevent the "dumbing down" of future users of the Internet?

Sheepless in Seattle...

Right, raising a generation of Internet users on these crippled devices prevents them from "learning how to fish."

I'd rephrase your second point though. Rather than "dumbing down" Internet users, I think this model could effectively mute them by making it more difficult to create content and thus removing the shared expectation that users engage in conversation with existing content online.

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