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Neighbourliness.

The past 2,3 years in NL, where I live, this topic comes up again and again at quite a few TV programs. The politicians even included in our recent election. Loosely translated -- respect and values.

We ask what have happened to our country? Our society? There are many reasons of course. One of them is immigration where some societies have different human values. But I think our values have deteriorated due largely to TV and other form of communication technologies. That the past 10, 20 years or so we put TOO much emphasis on technologies and materials goods, and we ignore what human is made of.

Perhaps this would be a nice topic for research or discussion: The Influence of communication technologies on Civility. This topic has been nagging me for the best part of 6, 7 years. The media/digital world might have given us many advantages, but it seems to destroy human sensitivity. Perhaps there are just too many bad examples shwon on TV such as all the 4-letters word strewing all over the place, physical violent, abusive behaviours ...

And now we are moving away from TV to computers/internet. Moving away from centralized QUALITY control into the hands of decentralized mode. The chaos.

Interesting comment, Cindy. The Knight Foundation is currently running a competition to fund projects that examine the issue of how cyberspace and social media can support and develop physical community. Their point is that while people are making a ton of new connections through the Internet, how can we translate these into community and action within people's physical communities? I'm in the process of developing a proposal for them as I think this is a really rich, interesting area to explore. It's good to see that someone is thinking about this side of the equation, too.

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