GreatGrizzlyThe internet can become something that can help us achieve peace. We can use it to remove the natural judgement that you have when you see someone in person.
Yes, and people also know little to none about other discussors (and what they know is far from certainty) and are able to act more like shitheads because in the internet, you don't talk with people from face to face and can say anything without actual consequences. Anonymous pseudonyms just write text on the monitor and other pseudonyms answer to them with their own texts. If people start to despise you or you get banned, just make a new account or go to other forums and that's it, nothing have really changed. I see this much more as negative thing than positive.
one person at a time.
By then, we don't have such thing as planet Earth anymore and it doesn't help much if vast majority don't read or take part in serious topics and perhaps learn something. Like said, it's like human life: most of the people rather listen to music, hang out with friends, watch soaps or play PC/console games than bother to read information & news and actually take part in societal activities such as in elections or political groups, not to mention in citizen, non-profit organizations.
What I can do in these forums is to state my opinion and correct some information, hoping that some people will learn something new in one way or another.
but isnt that what america was founded on? bieng total jerks and not getting in trouble for it? When someone voices their opinion, even though you tolarate it, you still have a lasting judgement about that person, and thus you lower that person in your mind, make him inferior. On the internet you cant make that person inferior because you dont know who he is, so thus you cant pass judgement on him. If I said "heil hitler!", people would think of me of a nazi supporter and wouldnt think about me on the same level as someone who says "I love america!"
No... America was founded on the principle that if some dictator 3,000 miles away unfairly taxes you, you can stick it to him and revolt. No but seriously...that's exactly why the internet is not good for achieving world peace: you have no idea who the other person is. For all intensive purposes, you could live in Brazil, and I wouldn't know it. Yet, if your English and knowledge of politics was good enough, you could pretend to be a top official in the White House. That's the big problem.
ya i guess its just wishfull thinking..... Im trying to think outside the box here, give me a break ;)