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Last week I found a comment posted on a June, 2006 entry titled:
“World Party.” In the initial post, we described an innovative international
Indeed, this process of relatively minor--or even fictional--events gaining attention, and ultimately becoming newsworthy through grassroots, viral communication over the internet seems to reflect a growing trend. Just yesterday afternoon I attended a lecture at National Geographic headquarters in which a 'trends' expert presented research related to online social networking, the online video ‘craze’ and other topics of the Pew Foundation’s “Internet and American Life Project.”
What should we make of these trends? Many praise the internet, blogs, and You Tube as ‘democratizing’ forces that allow anyone with computer access to interact with others around the globe and spread ideas to even further reaches. But does open access to people, resources, and ideas across the world actually lead internet users to think and act globally, as the organization of World Party Day would seem to suggest? Or are these effects overshadowed by other aspects of internet use?
Tell Us: Do you feel more globally connected as a result of using the internet? How do you use the internet to learn about and interact with people around the world?
This question is of critical interest to My Wonderful World, where internet and social networking technologies can fuel our efforts to connect people with their world and others in it.
Sarah for My Wonderful World