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Internet, public communication across the world was incredibly limited
in comparison to what is now achievable via a personal computer.
The web's greatest asset is the ability to leap back and forth across
international boundaries indefinitely, sharing awareness by crossing
continents in a way that bypasses most country's political aspirations,
fuelled by their spin-doctors and propaganda.
Although still far to go, there is an ever-growing potential for
the Internet to seriously become the ultimate medium in achieving
global peace; to strip away the fašade and prejudice that we have
previously grown up with and step outside our own cultural back
yard, simply at the press of our browser's connect button. We can
now meet and greet in global friendship - a boundless voice of compassion
across the internet that can touch the hearts of millions, regardless
of creed or colour; ordinary people from all cultures now have the
ability to share concerns from their own hearts. Blogs, forums and
other forms of interactive tools for the web community are helping
to lay a foundation for public expression to evolve; an ideal gateway
through which you can offer a welcoming hand to cultures so different
from your own. Email, messaging and chat - when used sensibly can
show how the moral fibre of life touches our inner emotions in much
the same way - whatever part of the world we live. Around the world
those good tidings can be absorbed with more personal effect than
any TV or newspaper alone can express and perhaps an on-line tapestry
of humanity's hopes can be better woven into something truly tangible.
It's made possible by the web's facility of direct interaction between
one ordinary human and the next - and for others to share.
Of course there are crooks who infiltrate and exploit the web medium
for unsavoury reasons. There are even self-righteous or over-zealous
fantasists taking every opportunity the internet can provide to
rant and rage at the world about them. But these bad apples and
odd-balls pale into insignificance against the millions who would
rather persevere with on-line interaction and to see the internet
spread a peaceful and effective karma.
There is however a growing thread of misinformation that threatens
to suffocate the web; an overload of heresay and distorted truths
which have been given platforms for easy uploading ... Forums are
a prime target for this but of course so has Wikipedia become a
victim of its own success as an interactive method in which anyone
can upload apparent facts on any subject you can think of. And as
the creator of Wikipedia has said himself it is "broken beyond
repair," by a combination of busybody crackpots, commerce with
vested interests and psudo-intellectuals. Even shrewd, perhaps less
environmentally or less animal friendly companies can even create
propaganda about themselves under disguise as a anonymous information
uploader. Links to and from the millions of sites with half-cocked
information, often borrowed from other equally unreliable sites,
has created a web of uncertain truths and distrust; a shame when
amongst this, the truth is out there somewhere. Whose information
we trust wholly and whose we take with a pinch of salt is in entirelly
is what we as a website visitor have to determine ourselves. It's
a problem; Once we had just a few newspapers and the man-in-the
pub to provide us a story or opinion which we could take or leave,
but now a few billion web-pages are just a click away to bombard
us with any combination of truths or lies, neatly laid out on our
screens like a glossy magazine - and the easier it is for anyone
to publish anything they like in what looks like a professional
layout, the more diluted our resouces of correct information are
becoming. But hopefully common-sense can prevail to see through
the nonsense or sinuous justifications of man-in-the-pub sites or
even sites made by big companies and organisations made to look
like independent resource sites.
But there is
no doubt that overall the web has created an entirely new way to
mediate a positive thought and potentially heal a bad situation
on many levels. Used wisely, and as a tool to promote good causes,
it can allow any person in the street to make a genuine difference.
Much of the world now has the ability to heal through this global
maze of cyber-consciousness, and with
this simple thought in action the Internet can show us that we are
not all as different to each other as we might have once imagined.
to realise that we all feel the same passion, joy and sorrow.
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