Global Community, or Global Catfight?

Breaking Moulds

The optimist in me wants to continue believing the Internet is a wonderful place, where people from different cultures, backgrounds, religions, and worldviews all over the world can come together in a happy global community of understanding and unconditional love, unrestricted by political or geographic boundaries.

The cynic in me knows this will never be the case, because humans online are the same as humans anywhere else – sometimes kind, but often petty and mean, and always limited by our own knowledge and experiences, our views tinted by realized and unrealized biases. The Internet has the potential to reduce us to a Hobbesian state of nature, “nasty, brutish and short.”

So which is it? In reality, it’s not an either/or but a both/and: We can participate in the global community…

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