“What we see unlocks what we cannot see. What we see unlocks the invisible ties and bonds of sympathy that bring us together to become a human community.” This is one of the few things that Mr. Brown has mentioned during his talk which struck me the most. A British politician, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and a powerful advocate for a coordinated global response, began a talk entitled, “Wiring a web for global good” in TED Talks way back July 2009, through showing pictures that went viral in the internet community back then.
These pictures showcased the struggles which other people from different parts of the world were experiencing at that time and as I look back on those events, I am amused how time has passed by. As Mr. Brown elaborates what the pictures demonstrate, he emphasized that there is a moral sense evident across all continents – we share and feel the pain of others even from a distance.
We share that feeling because we have access to the information of each situation that spreads throughout the world. There is a mutual understanding because of the platform where we all share those experiences – the internet – and we create an even stronger global ethic.
There was one picture shown in the talk that caught my attention. It was the Sudanese girl, a few moments from death, where a vulture was hovering in the background. I was only 8 years old in 2009, yet I am familiar with that picture. Despite of not being able to see all parts of the world, not even being able to fully communicate with different people around the world yet, I was already aware of poverty and many other issues that, to my surprise, were happening across the globe, and it was all because it had reached me through the internet.
True enough, I catch myself empathizing with other people, even though they are miles away from where I am, whenever I see news articles, posts, and pictures about the current problems they are facing.
It amazes me how with just a few clicks, one post can make a whole community act within minutes. I think that having the capacity to communicate with different people right away despite the edges of each human race, we are able to find a deeper compassion among ourselves to defeat and face difficulties together regardless of our differences. As some would call it, “there is unity in diversity”, but this attainment is only possible through passionate concern for choice, in an environment surrounded by social trust (Lalonde, 1994). I strongly believe that the internet makes us realize something that we tend to overlook; we have shared aims of building a better and safer world for everyone.
From the biggest and richest countries to the smallest islands in the world, millions of people are finding their lives changing because of the Internet. It is described as “the most important innovation since the development of printing press”, with the prospective to radically transform the very essence of what it means to be a human being in society (Hoffman, 2000, as cited by Kamssu, Siekpe, & Ellzy, 2004). Now, more than ever, I realize that the modern means of communication through the internet is vastly stretching and evolving, reaching parts of the world I didn’t know were experiencing matters that needed to be addressed. I can see that globalization is clearly present at this era of technology and advancements, as mentioned in our Purposive Communication course discussion, and it calls for a global ethic. I could only imagine how hard it must have been decades ago, when people had no access to the Internet, solely relying on verbal conversations, and creating campaigns about current issues that had to last years before being recognized.
Today, all of those have been resolved and I personally experience the convenience that the internet brings, but along with that convenience, there are also drawbacks when it comes to using it. I think that Mr. Brown is right when he said that the modern technology is capable of strengthening the power of our moral sense allied with the power of communications and our ability to organize internationally, but I also think that the modern technology is capable of manipulating information into being erroneous. Any and all information in the internet could be subject for falsification that may exacerbate the tension of discussing global issues rather than solve them. Also, I don’t think that many people spread awareness for the global good with the intention of actually making a change, but more for joining the bandwagon and only commenting on what’s trending. Despite that, I firmly believe that there are still people out there who are wiring a web for global good and there is an immense possibility of reaching an even developed global ethic.
Ultimately, I recommend listening to the talk especially to students like me, because it enlightened me to march towards a global society by being a responsible internet user. More so, being part of the youth, who is expected to build a better future for the world,
I am challenged to do the best I can in disseminating and reacting righteously on global matters. Being able to hear Mr. Brown’s thoughts on this matter, I am to reflect and contemplate on how I use the internet in confronting the rising challenges faced by many. Most especially that I am a student majoring in Tourism, I share Nandish Singh’s (2016) sentiment: Tourism is the most effective weapon to save the world. What more if the power of tourism and its globalization is allied with the power of communication?
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