In light of the recent Mid-East turmoil, I came across this video that I consider a new perspective, and wanted to share it with you. The assumption has been that the Internet helps promote democracy. That’s what the Buzz Leaders tell us. You’ve probably heard the stories of bloggers and Twitter users helping to protest against evil dictators or unfair governments. In an effort to ‘keeping it real’ in this newly transparent world, I think opposing views should also be considered within today’s social media networks.
Does the Internet actually inhibit, not encourage democracy? That is the hypothesis of Evgeny Morozov of RSA Animate who presents this clever, alternative 11-minute rapid-art cartoon video on ‘cyber-utopianism’ entitled, “The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?” Cyber-utopianism is the seductive idea that the Internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics. Evgeny questions this philosophy in his creative sketches that contrast Cyber Activism against Cyber Terrorism and the idea of Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrants.
He brings up terms, which were new to me, like Digital Renegades and Digital Captives, wondering how technology influences civic engagement and if it has the ability to actually create protests.
Evgeny says that in order to thoroughly consider the effects of The Internet on Society, negative consequences must be considered as well as the positive. He points out the famous ‘Mouslow’ and his pyramid of needs and how individuals may want to achieve individual potential, ending with the question, when it’s between Cyber Activism and Porn, which one will win?
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