2nd New Blog dated 20th February 2010:
Is the Web Democratic, or are we innocent subscribers’ to an instrument of social manipulation?
We in the West seem to have this rather simplistic belief that the Web is a harmless domain that allows us to have contact with our friends even create new friends, to go shopping with them, or on our own, looking for inspiration as to the way we dress ourselves and our homes in the latest designs from around the World, all this can be done in the comfort of our homes or even on the move via our laptops and a connection to the Web. It also allows us to organise our work and private lives arranging social gatherings and our annual holidays. We can if so inclined, arrange our linking and or grouping together, in whatever gender partnerships and agreements that seem appropriate to our desires and beliefs. We in effect totally subscribe to the truism that the global web community which we are members of is a homogeneous group of like minded persons! It is so easy to Google on the Web to find details as to a singular or group interest, its or their philosophies and beliefs, checking as to whether it is organised into a club or group, and how to become a member. The Web has become the sole repository for access to our specialities’, providing access to the most diverse of subjects and beliefs.’ Wow unbelievable just look at that’ we utter, we just continue to access and use, seemingly without any real thought, the amount of time we spend on the Web increasing year on year probably helped by the very low cost of access! We give out our personal information thinking it is safe to do so i.e. age, sex, our name, address and bank details even frighteningly details of our family and friends also so easily! I do not wish to be a creator off fictional horror stories, but have we never stopped to think the Web has a DARKER SIDE! The Web not only creates these homespun harmless groups, but think of the questions that are typed into any search engine probably “Google” ‘HOW TO KILL MYSELF’; ‘HOW DO I MAKE A BOMB’ I could go on but I am sure my point is already made, The Web is Amorphous it is Not Controlled in the sense that anyone can post information to it, whatever its content, The Web is not a creator of Unity, far from it there are and is a lot of evil lurking all over the Web, in the guise of Cyber crime Political and Religious Extremism, the Web being a protagonist of beliefs including those that are extremely destructive!