When I say, "this Internet thing gives us really good stuff, and there's a lot of good that the world gets from it," that's what that looks like for me, day to day.
I am smarter in my job, happier with my family and wiser with those who must tolerate my presence because of this constant drip of well-told, carefully-curated human interaction which would have been nearly unavailable to me twenty years ago. Don't get me wrong -- I'm far from perfect. But I'd have been a lot worse without it, I promise.
It turns out that making certain kinds of communication cheap helps a guy like me a lot.
Your mileage, in this as in all things, may vary.