Over the last decade, the Internet has become part of everyday life. Along with the benefits, however, come fears of unbridled hate speech and pornography. More profoundly perhaps, there is a worry that virtual relationships will replace the real thing, creating a sterile, soulless society. How much is the Internet changing the world? Contrasting answers to these questions are presented from four different sides of the debate. In this text, contrasting approaches to this topical and contentious question are presented by various specialists on the subject. The Institute of Idea's mission is to expand the boundaries of public debate through organizing conferences, discussions and salons, and publishing written conversations and exchanges in a hope to play a part in shaking up a culture that seems to shy away more and more from confrontation and the clash of ideas. This series aims to present thought-provoking arguments.