Excerpts and references from Brian Droitcour's “Broken Links: The Internet Show” from the Sept 2018 issue of Art in America.
"But because the internet is perceived as a perennially relevant topic, the theme gets recycled, usually along with the same artists and ideas, and becomes more tiresome with each iteration. Because the internet is everywhere and carries all kinds of information, the selection of it as a theme builds in an excuse for sloppy organization."
"The internet is a material. By this I mean not only that the internet is a material for artists, the stuff of net art, but also that it has a material existence beyond the art world: the hardware and software that make high-speed, long-distance communication possible and the social forms and relationships that result from it."