In the Mishne (Jewish Law book) of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, we're told to choose a rabbi. Yes, that means that we must look for a rabbi that suits us.
We are not supposed to listen to every Tzvi, Dovid and Hershel who makes grand announcements about what Jews are supposed to do or not do.
That highly publicized self-promoting event aka the Asifa is just an exercise in tooting their horns or like a big "pissing contest" to see who can frighten more people. You can find all sorts of reports about it like this one I found in Life in Israel.
Asifa has given the comics great material.
Oy the Internet is evil...but I'm still watching a live stream. @The_Asifa
Too many ills in the chassidishe community and THIS is what they focus on? OY VEY. @YeahThatsKosher
Best part of the asifa was that I got new followers on Twitter! @gloooopy
Rabbis are not supposed to make a ruling that can't be kept, and this ban on the internet certainly transgresses that one.
The internet. like telephones, are here to stay. And telephones are a good comparison to the internet, because today personal telephones, aka cellphones are the norm. There are even people who don't have landline telephones, because they need the constant contact. And today most telephones have internet options. Email, twitter etc don't cost anything once you're hooked up to the internet, so why waste money on a phone when there are verbal chats for free?
There's nothing in Judaism requiring rejection of modern technology.
Food for thought my friends.