The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow_Bill Gates
The words “internet” and “democratization” have appeared in many sentences together. They are a ray of hope to have the unheard heard (which one you choose to listen to depends on your affiliations). In the Feminism, New Media, Health class the proliferation and importance of issues affecting women and their health is highlighted. The Internet has provided women and other oppressed groups with a voice. But is anyone listening?
The is an abundance of images of how women are subjugated to body images, cultural expectations, and much more. She posts a picture to shows of her well-toned body. She posts a picture to show how he beat her. Such feast of feminine porn is all over the Internet. But is significant policy and cultural change taking into effect from such posts? Advertisements are still the majority of the content users see. Most people follow blogs pertaining to their interests. There is an exponential amount of information, but the internet is so specific to user searches that we may never happen to come across other information.
Surely there is the potential to hear everyone in the new democracy on the web, but one is quite naïve to think there isn’t money behind the stories and information we are reading. Google to blogs are looking for monetization and have their agendas.
What is democratization? Users uploading and posting content must realize there is a difference between being speaking and being heard. It is certainly a liberty to be able to speak our minds. In our political sphere, this is a more or less of a natural right to exercise. The problem remains that that not everyone is heard – or at least not enough to effect policy changes.
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day;
teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks
Is the issue a lack of solidarity? The declining unionization of Americans and the social reforms in the post WII America – the progressive’s nostalgia of activism on the streets in the public sphere. Is there a difference in political participation on the streets in the forms of protests, boycotts – physical space in general- compared to clicking “Like” for a cause? Are these two spheres even separated or is the physical and digital imbricated? What does this mean for feminist? The issues of feminism speak out against and with mainstream thoughts on sex and sexuality. Just as men have held power in the public sphere, elites hold power in the political and commercial sphere. This includes the macrocosm of the internet. The feminist blogs are an open medium for ideas to share with other women across the globe. It is up to policy makers to read these blogs. Is that too ideal?
Time and cyberspace – Elites from Silicon Valley