Mr. Tsukuaki Yukawa (Jiji Press) and Mr. Kensuke Suzuki (GLOCOM) appeared as guests on a special NHK radio program on the Net Society this afternoon (see the link above), where they discussed about both positive and negative aspects of the Net Society. First, Mr. Yukawa presented his experience in "Second Life," whereas Mr. Suzuki explained about a recent development in communication tools on the Internet, and then they freely exchanged their views on various issues on the Net Society. It was interesting to see some differences in opinion between the two guests, as Mr. Yukawa sounded a little pessimistic about elderly people's ability of using the Internet, while Mr. Suzuki seemed to have more optimistic prospects for the future in this regard. Also interesting was to find out that Mr. Yukawa is more active in expressing himself by various means such as blogs and podcasting programs, whereas Mr. Suzuki seems more cautious and selective in choosing means to communicate with others. Finally, Mr. Suzuki sounded quite critical of the present situation of Japanese mass media, while Mr. Yukawa seemed more patient in media reform. In a sense, by hearing the two guests as well as the moderator (a researcher of the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute), one could have a bird's-eye view on specialists' attitude toward the Internet. For more details of Mr. Yukawa's opinion, see the blog linked above.