The internet brings world unity, what’s next? World peace?

On Wednesday Jan. 18th thousands of sites went dark to protest SOPA & PIPA, two US bills in Congress that threaten the foundation of the internet, freedom of expression and information sharing. Some sites displayed black banners, others went completely dark. The Stop SOPA movement went global in a short amount of time, with internet and technology companies leading the charge to stop this vague regulatory measure from being imposed upon internet service providers and their end users. Again we see the power of the internet at work and the voice of the people coming together this time with large corporations to shape the laws of the land.

In 2011  the occupy wall street movement started with a tweet and most of us learned of the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Gaddafi via Twitter and Facebook before they saw the news on TV. Most news organizations and politicians now rely on online social media for fundraising and opinion polls. This voice of the people is being heard and that voice is making social, political and economic change happen.

In the early 1900’s Lee Deforest was the person who first used the word “radio” to describe his invention (AM Radio) that leveraged the works of many scientists before him, around that same time, similar advancements were being made in the area of television. The first national live television broadcast in the U.S. took place on September 4, 1951 with President Harry Truman’s speech at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco, California. These advances ushered a new age of information sharing across the globe.

In the 1960s and early 1970 the Internet was born. Much like the advent of television, the internet continues to shape the political and social landscape, bringing information literally to our fingertips and connecting us in ways we only dreamed about (or read and saw in science fiction like Star Trek).

What’s next world peace? Call me optimistic, but I like what I see. The internet has become the true voice of the people, no one owns it and all attempts of controlling this media have failed. The internet continues to evolve hand in hand with human social evolution (some would even say it shapes it), by giving us not only an information repository, but also a venue for all to discuss and argue the issues that affect our lives.

“Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking”
– Stephen Hawking 

 

    

 

History

1860’s – James Clerk Maxwell predicted the existence of radio waves.
1886 – Heinrich Rudolph Hertz demonstrated that rapid variations of electric current could be projected into space in the form of radio waves similar to those of light and heat.
1866 – Mahlon Loomis, an American dentist, successfully demonstrated “wireless telegraphy.”
1884 – German university student, Paul Nipkow proposed and patented the first electromechanical television system
1895 – Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, proved the feasibility of radio communication.
1900’s –  Lee Deforest invented AM radio
1960 – 1970 – The birth of the internet

The history of Television 0n Wikipedia

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One Response to The internet brings world unity, what’s next? World peace?

  1. Andrew says:

    Very informative. Well researched and well written, by the end of reading this I too felt optimistic about our future.

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