While you may decry the state of television programming, or the rampant amount of porn on the net, these arguments do not change the fact that television and the Internet are just containers for content. Any content. That includes all the imagination and dreaming you want.No kidding. When I was younger I was struggling to learn Pascal, run a BBS, and played MUDs for fun, loving every minute because it was like reading a book that was different every day.
The only thing that turns people into "consumers" is a lack of creativity or drive, in which case they didn't need a computer to "poison" them; if it weren't for the computer, they'd find something else to latch onto for their passive time-wasting. The problem comes both from lack of spirit in the individual, coupled with a lack of proper encouragement by parents, teachers, and peers.