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A Choice of Frenemies: Reader Mail

"The internet gives us the illusion that we're wonderfully gregarious people. When we type away on discussion boards and post comments on one another's blogs, it feels as if we're sitting outside a pub in the evening sunshine with our attractive, cool friends. But we aren't.<br/><br/> That's what we did before we got addicted to the internet. Instead we perform some empty, unsatisfying facsimile of that. We sit alone in our rooms, becoming more and more isolated from society.<br/><br/> And, inevitably, this turns us into mad, yelling, wild-eyed loons." That's Jon Ronson , the British writer and broadcaster, from a May, 2007 column in the Guardian , and also from a BBC4 Radio doc . It's not the first time .... 5:55 a.m. Thursday 30th July 2009 EST
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