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Over the past 8 years Africa, international development, and health care have been the focus of my work and studies. Just last year (it's been a year already?) I completed an internship in South Africa at a center for children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS called VVOCF (Vumundzuku-bya Vana 'Our Children's Future').
I'm blogging again from the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas, and continue to be impressed with how my fellow participants have jumped on this technology as a means of expressing ideas, opinions, and general information that might not have otherwise been available. As the conference has progressed, I have a deeper appreciation for how the Internet, including the blogosphere, has helped us connect with each other, even at the international level, almost instantaneously.
According to this article in the Los Angeles Times, AT&T's Lollapalooza webcast went silent when Pearl Jam’s lead singer started to criticize George W. Bush. The company claimed it was an accident, but a crew member has since come forward to say that “at a previous event...the instructions were to shut it down if...anybody starts getting political.”
As a fourth element of my language debate is the ideas of anonymity and apathy. The ideas of anonymity and apathy being so easy and simple to carry out is evidenced in our society everyday. Many people would rather build-up their online profiles on social networking sites, than get to meet people face-to-face and interact without a digital middleman. Apathy runs rampant in our society as more people vote for an American Idol winner than for the American President. A friend told me the other day, "I should be one of those people who are not allowed to vote, I don't know anything." These ideas are a plague on the future of our society. These two words represent double trouble for our world.
When our generation wants to plan a vacation, find a great new band or pick a really good read, we rarely rely on just one source.
We're used to looking at peer reviews, community ratings and open dialogue easily accessible on the internet. We may not always agree, but there is comfort in hearing more than one take on any given product before making a choice.
Now available: Nationwide peer reviews for elections.
Peruse freely, assert your opinions and decide for yourself.