A Whole New Virtual World
About 2,400,000,000 million people, approximately one-third of the world’s population, surf the Web on a regular basis. By reading a Wikipedia article, anyone can become an expert on any subject imaginable, from “Anti-racism in Mathematics Teaching” to “Sailor Moon.” New lines of communication have birthed social networks, mass dissemination of information and even political uprisings.
Some of the biggest events of the last decade would not have transpired without the Internet. In 2010, the website WikiLeaks obtained documents from the U.S. Department of State containing classified information about U.S. foreign policies. Shortly after, thousands of citizens in Middle Eastern countries connected through Facebook and YouTube to overthrow their governments.
While some Americans questioned the ethics of WikiLeaks, others praised the website and the revolutionaries who used new resources to band together. Morality can become blurry with advancements in technology; however, if you’re ever feeling down about the Internet, remember that were there no YouTube, there would be no Justin Bieber.
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