The Internet – A Positive Force?

The internet. On balance, in your opinion, has it been a positive force for bringing the world closer?

Families?

Age groups?

Political?

Religions?

Nations?

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Comments

  1. roseinbloom

    Bud, you left the blog for us to write. I think families are brought closer together, I know mine is. Politics are may be closer but most people who talk politics unfriends anyone with a different opinion. Information is available and I think people are learning more.
    There are sites that are very negative and biased and people think they know what is not true so I am not sure if we have an overall positive difference.

  2. bud Post author

    Thank you for responding Roseinbloom. I want not to be deceptive so wish to say now that I am not new to this site and was known as “LoneRogue when here before. I apologize for disruptions of yore. I am using the name bud because management has requested I do so.

    I have felt for a long time that the ability to deceive on the internet and the ability to spread false information has caused so much distrust and harm that the populace overall is less open and honest.

    I agree that families and close friends have been able to stay in contact so much better. Politics is in it’s state of polarization, IMO, largely because of the ability to spread false information.

  3. 5mintbreak

    My thoughts

    1. families, it has been great to keep in touch, with modern families now so spread out across towns/cities/states/countries

    2. age groups once again great as like minded people can form groups which may not be available where they live may give some social contact they otherwise would not have
    3. Political Ah here it becomes a very touchy subject, some people love to debate points for or against, some are very set in their views and can not see other side, we see so many reports of this or that but how do we know which is truth, or spin? The harm done by incorrect printed matters, how it sways people, I think is very dangerous. I have reached the point I only want to read true facts, am dismayed at the amount of gossip, lies, that is printed not only in daily papers but in womens magazines, etc., every thing is based on what will sell or win over people.
    4. Religions Another very touchy subject, it is a personal choice, some very devout and can see no other than their beliefs so many different religions different countries etc. If it gives comfort to a person that is fine but don’t demand or try to make others see it as you do.
    4. Nations. Another one do you wish to discuss different cultures, so many around the world, different levels of wealth, different ways running the countries. some much further developed than others. We can get into the power plays a mine field.

  4. bud Post author

    I think very much like you on all these. With all the things that are being posted by news orgs. and everything else, I feel the population is very charged up. For me I check out a few sources about government info but have decided that I will only take what I read as a possibility until time passes and additional rebuttal or confirmation begins to solidify what *really is true*

  5. davidrv

    Hi bud. I use Facebook to keep in touch with family.
    I use the internet as a learning tool. I’ve taken a few online courses. I’ve read reviews on different products before buying, like the xbox that I just purchased or my vehicle.
    When I was younger I loved libraries, never bored there. The same for the internet; whatever your fancy, you’ll find something interesting to you.

  6. bud Post author

    As a learning tool I agree. It has never been better for any with curiosity. And for shopping, for anything, how could it be better than the near endless comparisons available to us. I love old music especially classical. Youtube allows comparison of musical works of great variety. Back in the late 40’s and 50’s if we owned a recording of a piece we generally accepted it as the way the piece “should” be played. Now I know that various interpretations have nuances to offer that I never thought about. My taste in various kinds of music has expanded greatly because of the wide variety of offerings.

    1. babyfacebubbles

      Dear Bud
      Thank you for posting this interesting, if rather huge question “The internet. On balance, in your opinion, has it been a positive force for bringing the world closer?” Thanks also for the various comments, which all raise very valid points.
      Personally, I think there’s no question that we can now communicate with people from all over the world much more easily. Perhaps posterity will be the only trustworthy judge of whether we’ve become ‘closer’ to each other in a positive sense, eg that we’re no longer slaughtering each-other, and that the growing global awareness of, for example, climate change, has been greatly assisted by the internet’s access to sound, scientific opinion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7z61UZoppM

      1. bud Post author

        Will we as Earths citizens ever stop “slaughtering each other”? Ha! The internet allows great variety of opinions to be published and science at all scientific conventions allow conflicting opinions so as to open and air and test each varied opinion, The example you posted projected one side of that issue.

  7. waylander

    For families to keep in touch, It’s a wonderful tool in it’s many forms, but as an educational or informative medium I fear there is far too much non-news, non-information, bad history (i.e. incorrect), bias and downright damned lies for it to be relied upon.

    1. bud Post author

      Will we as Earths citizens ever stop “slaughtering each other”? Ha! The internet allows great variety of opinions to be published and science at all scientific conventions allow conflicting opinions so as to open and air and test each varied opinion, The example you posted projected one side of that issue.

    2. bud Post author

      We all have a responsibility to think. Accepting only one bit of information on any subject requires one to “trust” that source TOTALLY. I prefer to have unlimited sources of information and to use the mental ability I have been bestowed to decide for myself. I will be wrong or right but it will be my choice.