The internet is a powerful tool for acquiring knowledge quickly and for acquiring information slowly. On sites, like Arrse, there are always the internet warriors who use PMs to send some abuse. I imagine them as saddos, in bedsits heating some watery cheap shop soup over a candle, whose only sense of effectiveness is to spew bile anonymously. Tapping furiously as they draw on single strand hand rolled fags. But there are also PMs and emails from proper human beings who give information. In all the time I have bounced for information on internet I have received a lot of information. But amongst that only two sources willing to give evidence. One was a former Royal Marine Commando who, once assured the Jimbo had no Crown Authority, stated willing to give Kent Police evidence. The other gave me a statement of truth that I have used in Court and in reports to Govt. For all the personal accounts about benefits and ATOS it is only groups like "We are Spartacus" who have Govt in Court having gained consent for judicial review (The 20 metre PIP walking distance test I think) and that could have happened without internet. It was on an ARRSE thread that someone mentioned the repeal of the Common Law of Misprision of Felony by Harold Wilson (I think) 1967. And it got me thinking (having checked out what Misprision of Felony was) what a profound change such a simple repeal may have had. It heralded the age of the "Don't wanna get involved don't wanna take responsibility". And this is the age and ethos of the generations who now use the internet. The only application of knowledge is to express an opinion to the ether to achieve nothing. The illusion of influence with the post 1967 reality of freedom from consequence. And some deluded people even call the expression of opinion on internet their right of freedom of expression. Like many I suspect, who trod the parade square in the 1960s in basic training, I heard the Sergeant major tell us "You have a right to moan, but not where I can f-cking hear you but you do not have a right to try to change anything" The internet is a powerful tool or it would be if in the hands of a stronger generation.