|Neil Postman (1931-2003)|
|Jawaharlal Nehru & Gandhi|
With regard to the possibility of creating community on the internet, I believe community is more alive than ever as the population of the world gets more comfortable with the ever-improving platform of the internet, and as socioeconomic conditions allow for a wider base of participation. Just an example, at a halloween party 2 weeks ago, an old friend approached me and asked if I knew anyone in London. Of course, I know a few, so answered to the affirmative. A few more interesting minutes later, we realized that my friend in London, England and my friend standing in front of me in Redmon, WA USA shared the same sperm donor. I believe that at no other time in history have we been able to have donor identity transparently visible to both parties, and have access to the database that allowed both of my friends to make the connection. Of course the social network that connects us all was the final link to complete the circle of friendship and bring me into the picture. I have enjoyed reading other's postings on how an online community has enriched their lives as well.
Postman, Neil. (1993). Technopoly; The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books, NY.
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