How the web is reflecting and changing our Valley and our world.
Today I'm all about video, which is only right because today is One Web Day, the international informal holiday when we are all invited to pause and reflect on the most important technological development in human history - the Internet. We are all living through an era of mind-blowing changes and the Internet is at the heart of all of it. Here is a video to familiarize yourself with the concepts behind One Web Day.
But for all it's transformative power, the Internet has in some ways failed to reach its full potential, largely due to large gaps in who has access to this powerful technology. For example, the largest voting group in the country is those over 55. However, that is also the group least likely to be online. So I can write all I want about sleazy local hacks like Mo Jones, but on election day thousands of old ladies who never used a computer in their lives, let alone read anything I or anyone else wrote online, are going to the polls to put people like Mo Jones in office. But that is changing, too slowly perhaps, but it is.
The Internet can also give us insight into aspects of society we wouldn't see otherwise. For example look at the gun waving kids in this video straight outta Springfield.
A reoccurring problem in Springfield is the frequent refusal of witnesses to co-operate with the police in solving crimes. The Internet gives some sobering insight into that mindset from this video made by the same Springfield videographers. This message is being fed into the mind of every kid in Springfield with a computer.
But for every bad influence the Internet has, there are many more good ones. When I first began helping to promote the career of Jay Brannan by putting his songs on this website, he was a suicidal alcoholic. Although greatly talented, the music industry rejected him because he wrote and sang about homosexual relationships. Supposedly there is no market for that, because straight people supposedly go "Yuck" when a love song is not about heterosexual romance. So a bunch of us all across cyberspace tried to bypass the music industry by using the Internet to promote Jay's music directly, website to website. He's just now starting to get a little success, and I couldn't be happier for him. As this moving video shows, this is what the Internet is really all about, changing lives for the better.