Our digital society is made up of many parts, similar to a pie. Technology doesn’t just include social networking and funny YouTube videos, that is just the cherry on top. The real meat of it includes politics, education, co-collaboration, and overall social progress. We have chosen three parts of this pie that we feel passionate about and want to share with you in our short group video.
First, we will explore the positive effect digital and print media could have on the perception and treatment of women globally.
Second, we will discuss how the attitudes toward the Digital Society from the older generation are hindering technological progress.
And last, we will discuss how the current social climate has created an atmosphere in which we must tolerate tolerance.
Movies, television, literature and video games have portrayed women as sex objects, simpletons and mindless housewives. Women deserve to be treated as equals. I believe that these same forms of media that compose our digital society must be used to educate and empower men and women to trigger a positive change in the treatment and perception of women all across the globe.
Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy said, “Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.” He originally said this to support the shift toward e-books, but I think it can be applied to other forms of technology as well. The older generation that didn’t grow up in the Digital Society we live in now, is resistant to change and therefore hindering the progress and the development of their students and children. I believe these attitudes must change in order for them to be able to teach and help the younger generations navigate the Digital Universe maturely and efficiently.
Our digital society can very easily be characterized by the many social media networks we rely on. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for example, have all changed the way we communicate. These digital platforms require us to be more tolerant and open-minded. While tolerance generally serves to combat radicalism, today’s social climate indicates that tolerance can breed radicalism as well. The fine line between tolerance and appeasement begins with social networking.
As you can see, the Digital Society we live in, is quite complex. We’ve only touched on a few of the aspects of this new social climate, but we strongly believe that if we strive to continue to share ideas about ways to improve, we will be able to unite in order to communicate effectively throughout the Digital Wilderness.