The Internet: The World’s Democracy

I have decided: as a ‘world citizen’ the purest democracy is the Internet.

“The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the infrastructure to support email.”

“Democracy: all citizens (meeting certain qualifications) have an equal opportunity to express their opinion.”

After reading various sources I have come to understand that 1 in 5 Americans use the internet. Those who do can make their voice louder.

The internet has become a megaphone.

After reading this article in regards to Google being asked to resort to censorship:

This quote in particular stood out the loudest:
“And in Canada, the passport office asked Google to delete a YouTube video “of a Canadian citizen urinating on his passport and flushing it down the toilet,” according to the report.”

“The world population is the sum total of all living humans on Earth. As of today, it is estimated to number 7.021 billion by the United States Census Bureau.”

The internet allows over 7 billion people to have a voice if they so dare and choose to.

Recently, my friends and I went to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in an area of Shenzhen ridden with Dior, Prada, Tiffanys, BVLGARI, etc. The penthouse had a bar which overlooked both Shenzhen and Hong Kong. What we didn’t know was the men had to abide by a dress code, meaning they had to wear pants. After 20 minutes of arguing over the sexist rule, the very foreign and LARGE manager offered our male friends pants to wear over their shorts.

Just when I was going over how much I was going to rip The Grand Hyatt of Shenzhen a new one, with reviews on the internet, my demeanor changed when they kindly offered our friends pants to wear. But that’s just it, whenever something happens we resort to the internet because the internet has a lot of people connected to it who therein can decide if they want to tell their friends and their friends tell their friends. We can now know 7 billion peoples’ own personal story. Genocides are now reeling on Youtube in real-time.

The story/The Democracy/The face in the crowd just got real.

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2 Responses to The Internet: The World’s Democracy

  1. Susan Horne says:

    Hi Heidi – thanks for your blog observations! Wonderful!
    This week on Saturday I heard a program on NPR (National Public Radio) in my car about Kaiser (last name sounded like Gwok) -an American son of Chinese immigrants to the US. The whole NPR program was about several Americans living in China and their experiences. (FYI – http://www.thisamericanlife,com -the program aired 6-22-2012 titled Americans in China . The NPR podcast is available on iTunes ) Kaiser was raised in the US but his parents always talked about their beloved China. When he grew up, he moved to China , as did his siblings. Maybe 18 or 20 years (not sure) later, he is still there- married to a Chinese wife and with 2 children that he talks to about the US. He has a great story in China – now working for the largest private corporation that is an internet search engine in China. He also does a weekly Podcast for fun with some of his international friends. He lives in a big city – not sure which.
    I wondered if you had ever heard , or heard of, his Podcast? Just thought you might be interested.
    Hugs – Susan Horne in Santa Barbara

  2. heidaway says:

    Oh thank you! My friend told me about this podcast, I will be home in a week and will be sure to listen to it! =)


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