lunes, 28 de marzo de 2011
Internet's way of life
Community values are not easy to be respected when we are talking about a huge population, isn’t it?
We all know, and so Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke said, that living in community is what makes us as happy as we can be. But there are certain rules that have to be accepted by all of the members of a community if we really want to make our life as better as possible.
These rules are values as respect, civism, truthfulness, tolerance… but these ethical values are not always respected because, as Hobbes said "war of all against all", and people go for their own interest.
If the “rules of community” are not respected in a country, less in the world, but even less in the parallel world that we are creating that is the “cyberspace”. Why is that? It’s as simple at this: We, in face-to-face communication are looking the source –that is the person next to us- and the same in television, even the same when someone talks about another thing that we know “by ears”, but what happened in the “online world”? Internet give as a “global community” but the anonymity in which we, as users can have, make the truthfulness, which is a principal ethical value for the success of a community, break into pieces.
It is a complicated issue that we have to try to change. In my opinion, it is true that Internet has become a tool very complicated to control, but I think that is because we have being using it.
We don’t have to use it, we have to live it. With other words: we don’t have to be users, we have to be citizens and as citizens demand the audience to be transparent with what they say, (I mean giving the sources where they get the information from) and also we have to do the same. That would make that the “community model” that Internet is, that the model of many-to-many, be more efficient and ethical.
I find interesting this webside about the Community model, so make a click and have a look, BE CITIZENT! : http://www.sfu.ca/~andrewf/learning_community.html
My point of view is that, more that giving the importance to the development of the technology, we should call our attention to the social values of an “entire world” that is connected. That would be a real revolution.
It is not consist in develop one medium of communication but make a “way of life”. That is that Internet is, a way of life.
"you are the audience"
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