Technological development from its’ darkest side – online child abuse

This is not a pleasant subject to discuss, but I aim to do so in solidarity to all children over the world who suffered or in this moment is a victim of commercial sexual exploitation online. The question is if we have gone too far in the technological development to ever be able to eradicate this atrocious criminality? This post is a simply reminder that ICTs are not inherently good.

I probably do not even need to mention how information and communication technologies (ICT’s) and social media have impregnated modern life. As I discussed  my first and second posts, ICT’s has an enormous potential to cultivate solidarity and digital activism. Unfortunately social movements and activists are not the only ones taking advantage of Internets’ potential for connection and sharing. Continue reading “Technological development from its’ darkest side – online child abuse”

How sociology can help us to create stronger online dialogue

I consider New Media to mainly be about connection and connecting people and information, but lately I have thought about the circumstances and felt the need to investigate how it allows us or not as activist to work collectively and with courage.

As a student I’m always interested in interdisciplinary investigations and my favourite discipline to involve in my communication studies is sociology. This connection between new media and sociology might not seem obvious at first glance, but during this research I have found more and more academic and journalistic writing on how we engage as humans through social media, both as individuals and in collective.
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Six Degrees of Separation – A Phantasm of Digital Utopianism

Six degrees of separation is a phantasm! We might be six degrees apart from people that are living under the same social conditions that we are or with people that share our values and ideas. Although technology has improved our ability to communicate, it is evident that socioeconomic issues related to class, race and ideas, are creating division between people, which is hindering our complete unity.

Many of you may be familiar with the title Six Degrees of Separation, as it is the name of a famous play written by John Guare, and also the title of a movie staring actor Will Smith. They are both based on the theory that we live in a small world, where we are all connected, by a chain of six acquaintances. The initial idea of the Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation – A Phantasm of Digital Utopianism”