Is Internet Social Media helping to bring about world unity?

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  1. Tusitala Tom profile image66
    Tusitala Tomposted 3 years ago

    Is Internet Social Media helping to bring about world unity?

    With hundreds of millions of people booting up their PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones every day and tuning into sites like Face Book and voicing their opinions on all manner of events, is this bringing greater tolerance and understanding into the world?   Or is it polarising groups and creating a 'We versus them' world?    I think the former - in the long term.  Your views, please.

  2. gposchman profile image80
    gposchmanposted 3 years ago

    I think when you look at the history of the United States you have your answer, though I believe it is in a constant state of metamorphosis. Four hundred years ago America represented a chance for many to find a new beginning. When colonies were established people ventured to the new world to what they had hoped to be a place to call home. When they arrived, many found what they were looking for while others found that they still need to keep looking. Because there was a lot of new space they were able to carve out a place and adapt it to what they wanted. When they had a common cause they united behind it.  However, once the goal was achieved then their differences and prejudices divide them.

    The history of our country shows this to be true. When time and space separated us, it was easier to live together as one nation because regional divides allowed for like minded to congregate and be as they choose to be without the outside viewing and judging. Today that is no longer available.

    Twitter and Facebook, and social networking in general provide a platform to voice ones views about anything. That same platform is a window of what is happening in the world in real time. When a horrendous act of injustice is witnessed the participants on the internet can unite in a common cause. But our differences continue to divide us.

    Unfortunately the larger providers of information still pick and choose what the majority of us get to see. Those in power have huge coffers of money to spin events with their own slant, whether it is true or not.

    As time passes, however, more people will see what is real and what is spin. It won't happen over night because the spin masters have been at it a long time, but when a public figure continues to demonstrate incompetence, lies, half truths, or inaccurate spin more people will see through the presented veil. Lincoln said it best, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time ".

    We will always have differences of opinions, but as long as we can agree to disagree, then I see social media as being a good thing that will let even more people be able to participate. We will become more tolerant of our melting pot and hopefully more interested in incorporating our differences then in excluding them. But then I am an idealist.

    Gene Poschman

    1. Tusitala Tom profile image66
      Tusitala Tomposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      A wonderfully in depth answer, Gene, and I concur with your findings.  You know, even before I got to Lincoln's quote it had already arisen in my mind.  And, of course, less people are being fooled all the time.  Like you, I'm an idealist.

  3. WestelCS profile image60
    WestelCSposted 3 years ago

    The power of social media is hard to dismiss. The thing that use to be dreamed of keep in touch with friends, sharing photos and jokes with busy life schedule has become a force for societal change, shining light on subjects previously unknown, deepening conversations and empowering citizens of the world to unite and effect change in a number of ways.

  4. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    yes, social media do connect people, families and friends, mostly on FB rather elsewhere


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