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The social impact of internet: more voices heard
or diversity loss? Impacts of internet: loss of diversity
or benefits of diversity? Is the internet like 1950s TV?

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The global village - is this the death of diversity? I've heard so much about how the internet gives everyone a forum to speak, to blog, to get access to everyone.

But does it? Or, what are some of the new traps in the new small world?

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The 1950's. Very few TV stations. The people with TV glued to the same shows. Howdy Doody and The Friendly Giant for kids. Father Knows Best and I Love Lucy for grownups. The Ed Sullivan Show for entertainment.

Now, with satellite and cable, televisions stations have proliferated - but the shift is to the internet where everyone has access to just about everyone.

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But are we back to the 1950s?

A few gurus, most people drowned out? A few mega-popular stars, most others overwhelmingly overshadowed?

There are loads and loads of forums and bulletin boards, millions and millions of websites. But when one searches, google gives back figures like, 1,792,000 found - and of these, only 10 get onto page one. Almost no one searches past page 3. So what happens to the other 1,791,970 entries?

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The 1950s - the killer of much local creativity - like the drama groups that flourished in even small villages across North America, like much local live music.

What's happening now?

Yes, there are billions of videos on youtube, but how many get past a few viewings by friends?

So, now, is it Oprah for all? Nothing against Oprah - but to what extent are fewer and fewer dominant voices being heard?

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Then, all around me I hear of overwhelm - people inundated by the clamor of millions of pieces of information, by the incessant flood of voices, by the millions of grabs at our attention and time. Most of us live inundated, with less and less time to think and sort things through.

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So is the small world phenomenon to our benefit or not?

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First, I love much of the internet - the instant access to weather reports about everywhere around the world, the instant contact with people, instant answers to many questions, the free teleseminars on anything and everything.

But still, a voice inside me asks: is the small world phenomenon mainly to our benefit or not?

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Note: evolution among species is fastest in small societies, and slowest in large areas. So one expectation could be that evolution grinds to a halt in the massive global village.

But ... never has change been faster than now.

Still, is the change away from diversity? are we experiencing the massive loss of diversity on a global scale?

Another question: are the changes largely beneficial, or do they often encourage dangerous mass illusion, mass delusion? That is, does the internet largely facilitate greater perception of reality or more mass hallucination? - something humans are extremely vulnerable to - just see our history of unfounded prejudices against various groups.

I know that I've written repeatedly on some Western mass taboos, new taboos against even thinking certain thoughts. How much has the internet increased the viral spread of these powerful new taboos?

Click here for more on the global village and mass delusion.

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Elsa

June 23, 2010
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The social impact of internet: more voices heard or
diversity loss? Impacts of internet: loss of diversity or
benefits of diversity? Is the internet like 1950s TV?

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SOCIAL IMPACT OF INERNET: BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY?
OR IS IT IMPACTS OF THE INTERNET: LOSS OF DIVERSITY?


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The Social Impact of Internet Proliferation:
Benefits of Diversity or Diversity Loss?

The big question: does the small world of the global village of the internet
lead to massive diversity loss, or to increased diversity?

One the one hand, more people are speaking in a public forum - but
how many are being heard?

So is it diversity loss?

Do the impacts of internet have more negative among them, or positive?

Big questions.

Elsa
June 23 , 2010


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SOCIAL IMPACT OF INERNET: BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY?
OR IS IT IMPACTS OF THE INTERNET: LOSS OF DIVERSITY?

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