The Atlantic printed posted an article last Thursday about a potentially better version of the internet. This version of the internet would function by providing users access to pieces of data or content directly, rather than connecting them to the server upon which that data or content is hosted. If I understand correctly (and it's very possible I don't) it would mean that if a nearby computer or server had that piece of information in its recent memory, your computer would get it from there, rather than going all the way to the source, saving time and helping people distribute content. And the first thing I started thinking about, when I learned about this cool new technology, was all the ways it could possibly go wrong.
I wondered if it would reinforce filter bubbles. I worried that it might result in an inability to retain a standard of what the original data should have looked like, instead providing some people corrupted or altered versions of it, and making it impossible for them to access the original work.
Of course, this says nothing about the technology itself. I don't know anything like enough about the current internet, never mind this new technology, to have any clue whether those are legitimate worries. It might not even be possible for the possibly-new internet to have those effects.
All this worrying did was offer me a distressing insight into my own mind, and a helpful reminder that I'm just as capable of the-sky-is-falling style fear of the new as everyone else.
[EDIT: I just want to point out that I feel stupid for using the phrase "just as capable." I wrote a comic once about how much I hate that phrase construction, and I suck for using it anyway.]