Great Grandmothers and the Internet

Googled, pinned, pinged, facebooked, tweeted, favourite’d , liked, DM, LOL …all these phrases are phrases my great-grandmother would never have heard of or used in their current context.

Just a thought I had this morning. Which ones am I missing?

People have been asking why I haven’t mentioned Kony 2012. Fair enough reason – everyone else has been mentioning it. Two excellent posts from my colleague Rebecca Coleman here and here.

What do I think? I think a lot of folks jumped the gun, I think a lot of folks decided that watching a video qualified them to preach about the geo-political state of a country I’d bet sadly many of them couldn’t find on a map. And I think a lot of folks sent money to buy stickers and wristbands.

I think we need to remember that the internet is a very powerful tool, and with great power comes great responsibility. And because something is loud, or goes viral, or has celebrity endorsement (why would I care what Justin Beiber thinks about this? I don’t care what he thinks about other things) does not mean it is above question or reproach or is even correct.

I can’t judge anyone for watching, or believing. But the power of the internet lies not just in watching a viral video, but is using that same power to find out more about it. The knowledge of the world is literally at our fingertips. Take advantage of it.

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