THE INTERNET - The Means For A Global Revolution?

by sizemik 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • sizemik

    We recently had a tour here in New Zealand from the musical legend Herbie Hancock. During the tour he engaged in a media interview where he expressed himself about the effects of the internet on the Global Community.

    He spoke with intelligence and refreshing optimism about the potential of the internet and the opportunities it opens up for the world community.

    In short (and I'm going only from memory here), he expressed how he felt the drawing together of individuals through the internet, and the opportunity for large groups of people to speak with a combined voice, had the capacity to initiate major change. He highlighted the further potential for large, instantaneous, interest groups, to both highlight issues and bring pressure on world leaders to initiate change.

    A recent example is the petitioning of Ugandan Govt officials regarding the proposed harsh anti-gay legislation being presented before the Ugandan parliament. After several on-line petitions were started . . . the Govt there abandoned the introduction of the bill . . . for now anyway.

    Herbies view was that this potential was only in it's infancy . . . and that further development will bring the opportunity for the general world populace to have more and more influence through this medium.

    Many of the World's electronic Media Organisations are buying in to this trend. The BBC "World News" carries a forum type "have your say" facility which publishes opinions instantaneously to a world-wide audience.

    Many mainstream TV news programmes are inviting public comment which is immediately relayed to the watching audience.

    How do you see this trend? . . . could it gain greater significance and indeed become a powerful vehicle for change on a Global level?

  • Joliette

    I agree with Herbie. People are saying what they feel for they feel on a larger scale then any time in human history (in my opinion). And I feel this is truly a great and wonderful. Although there is a dark side to it with all of the child pornoghaphy, money scams, bad dating experiences, stalkers. But when it comes to large religious cults like the JW's who try to keep its membership in the dark, its a nightmare for them.

  • DanaBug

    Absolutely! What have we had that even compares? I signed the Ugandan petition too. I watched a story unfold in the past two weeks that the ACLU is now making a case about, that was driven purely by an online community. It's powerful. I can add my voice to support anything I want around the world. I can learn anything now too (seen Khan Academy?). The negative is filtering out the trash, but first you need the skills to do that. I don't think most of our kids are learning those skills and that could be dangerous.

    This reminds me of another story. This is how I think of the internet as far as protesting and changing things but a whole lot bigger.

    Political prisoner: 'I owe Amnesty International my life'

    Then one day, extraordinarily, a guard handed her a postcard.

    "It just said 'Dear Maria. Thinking of you. Margaret.' And an address in Scotland."

    She told the guards the card could not be for her because she didn't know anyone in Scotland. But they insisted it was indeed addressed to her.

    A few days later another card came, this time from France. Then one from Canada. The next was from the United States.

    Under pressure

    Soon they were coming in a torrent.

    At one point the guards said they would give her just some of the latest to arrive. They then handed her 900 cards.

    Eventually Maria was shown a room half filled with sacks of mail addressed to her.

    She was left in no doubt that all this attention had become a problem, and she was released after a year.

  • jean-luc picard
    jean-luc picard
    Many mainstream TV news programmes are inviting public comment which is immediately relayed to the watching audience.

    In my country too.

    I'd never considered this channel as a real threat to the Borg, but "apostates" having

    their say on national/international TV could be "far reaching".

    I think that internet has also played an important role in events throughout the Arab world.

  • wobble

    The Internet is a powerful tool, and that is why every effort should be made to keep it open and free, in all senses of the word.

    Forces are at work to limit its power and influence, look at what China and other regimes have done, and big corporations are trying to grab control as much as possible, both dangerous threats to the freedom of the net as we know it.

    The Internet is the single biggest threat that the WT/JW religion has too, hence the rhetoric against it, and we can expect more draconian rules to be implemented by the WT the more desperate they get.

    JW Apologists on here will be as rare as Rocking Horse poo soon I bet, they will be too afraid.

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  • WTWizard

    I wonder if this has anything to do with why they want an Internet Kill Switch.

  • mindseye

    After the printing press, the internet is the most liberating medium in our history! Religions, governments and other institutions try their best to regulate, censor and control information. But information yearns to be free. The revolutions in the Arab world, the petition against the Ugandan government and Wikileaks are all examples of the information revolution. This forum is an example of how people can take the reins from a high control group. There are similar forums for ex-members of Mormonism and Scientology as well. These religions can demonize the internet, but in doing so they expose their own weakness and fear. We live in awesome times!

  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once

    Does this mean you can make a revolution by spamming the leaders? Hmmmm, a little suspect to me.

  • Found Sheep
    Found Sheep

    I hope it brings JW's down

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