After studying the affects of media in our society throughout this quarter I am left with this question, how can individual people use powerful forms of media to make a better world?
Technologies develop over time to allow media forms to spread information to mass amounts of people at an ever-increasing rate. Only in recent years have people been able to communicate across the globe instantaneously through the Internet. This new form of media changes the previous mindless consumer to an active consumer/producer of information. It provides anyone, with access to the these technologies, the ability to comment and interact with each other online. Through the internet people truly have the power to come together and voice their opinions and concerns.
Currently, it is true that people are overwhelmed with these new capabilities and we still haven’t learned how to use them to our utmost advantage. There is freedom with this form of media, which allows anyone to post and comment whether their being truthful or not. Also, it allows for anyone to view what he or she pleases at their own discretion. This is what makes the internet a profound and useful form of media.
There are many well known websites that people use habitually to keep up to date with social life and entertainment. What if people took some of that time to find information on things that can actually help to change the world? When I asked Google I easily found sites that provoke people to converse about important societal issues, like these two “Standford Social Innovation Review” and “World Future Society.” The usefulness of these websites is that they not only bring scholars from around the world to the same place to discuss similar concerns, but they also allow any ordinary person to comment and interact. There are other websites like “The Zeitgeist Movement” that actually help people to create events at specified meeting places around the world in order to bring people together and discuss the future of our planet.
It is apparent that there are plenty of well established websites like these where people with similar views are able to get together and attempt to make a difference in the World. All it seems to take is the initiative of the individual. I can only hope that these sites become more entertaining and promoted in a way that everyone will want to look at them and become involved, rather than wasting time with cat meme’s and facebook.
If people are able to learn how to use these forms of media in a better way we will be able to create an overall better functioning World. We are able to solve many societal issues by becoming active participants and even producers of media if it is done in a truthful and meaningful way. It would be incredible if someone created a technology that ensured the validity of online posts, or better yet any form of media.
If there is enough similar actions of the individuals in agency, then it will influence change in society and its structure. Change is certain, I simply hope people choose to come together through these forms of media to rise up and create a better world. I expect a purer form of democracy in the future, due to the proficiency of communication between anyone and everyone worldwide.