"Networked computers allow everyone to join the
information age, and we’d like to say welcome."
-- an Oracle commerical
As indicated by these television ads and political proponents, we are in an era of Tomorrow-Land style gee-whiz optimism about the Internet. But, as a mass medium, the Internet and home/school computers are destined to go the way of other mass media -- that is, the use of the Net will become more integrated into daily home and school life for children, but the sheen will also soon wear off. There are interesting sites to see and good people to meet on the World Wide Web, but there also can be persistent advertisements and sales pitches, offensive communications, and time-wasting dead-end links. Parents, too, will worry (and already are) about their children sitting in front of their WebTV after school, once they find out that the "blue light of learning" is caused by a downloaded video file of three-way sex.