…is here on a much larger scale. It’s no longer about 5th Street from Chestnut to Spruce up to 6th and down to 4th, but from Reading, PA to Berlin, Germany, to Tokyo, Japan, to Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Ontario, Canada, and we call it among other things, Facebook™, Twitter™, and blogs in general.
I know so many now just make Facebook™ or other brand name web community or social network sites a part of their daily lives, as a default need for regular functioning in their lives, but apart from the popular culture draw and in addition to the fads of this innovation and trends within the various blogs and sites themselves, I think it important to point out a much deeper and more meaningful significance of all this, which seems to go blithely unnoticed by many, much to their chagrin, detriment, or unfortunate loss of opportunity.
I am pointing to the significance of brining back together in another, more impactful way, the idea and structure of community and the concept of neighborhoods. From a cultural geographic perspective, the old schools of migratory studies of persons, traditions, cultures, customs, and other artifacts of humanity in our development and spatial interaction through time has been blown apart and sideways forever because of these social networking sites in their multitude of forms and purposes.
Buffalo Springfield just came on, and how appropriate, “There’s something happening, here, what it is ain’t exactly clear…”, quite true, but it doesn’t have to be so obscure or loosely understood by the collective throngs of users around the world.
Some, have grasped the larger concepts of the potential power and significance of these new fangled neighborhoods, but I think many others have not come to get that part of it, and maybe it is because they see this as just one more way to keep in touch with a handful of people they know or trying to “keep up with the Jones’ of technology”, but really it is so incredibly much more than that.
Companies that advertise and utilize these various social network sites to reach their current and future consumers, understand well the power of getting their products showed to a wider neighborhood all the time and take great pains to make sure that they are ads which people want to see and could actually use in possibly purchasing their service, product, or joining their cause.
So, ask yourselves, if you don’t already engage in this sort of wider experience to be part of the greater social network neighborhood, what are you either waiting for, or afraid of? If you say that you might feel silly about what others will say, regarding your views, thoughts, and solutions to things, then you miss the point of the social networking neighborhood idea being all about empowering people to take back their role as the chief point of concern for everything else. Bringing back the idea of individual, growing the idea of the free thinkers, the rise and resurgence of freedom, liberty, and in some ways, justice, to the social fabric of actual social neighborhoods and our real lives.
No more, in this day of technology, should the influences and agents of those groups or people, who want to keep a tight hold on the cornerstones of humanity and its development, movement, or ideas, mean much of a damn thing anymore, if they don’t truly honor some basic values of humanity. The ones that come to mind are, the value of human individuality, the value of freedom, the value of liberty, the value of justice, and the value of balance. Too much today, in this world, these values have been placed in a dark closet next to a figurative mop of sorts left to collect dust and in their place values that devalue, denigrate, divide, and conquer the individual for the purpose of keeping things neatly labeled, categorized, and adjudicated into classifications, as a means of feeding some blind, ravenous beast, which helped to make all this technology a reality quicker than it might, but which overlooked the serendipitous effect of what this technology could do for the objects of the beast’s own appetite. Greed is the beast, technology is its servant, but also its master, because it is the beast that even it can’t control, if you and I, and everyone else doesn’t let it, or doesn’t let the select few who want to keep it that way for themselves only.
Yes, real action is still needed to get things done in a real world sense, but the technology and neighborhood of social networking can enable those actions to take on a greater impact and effect, the same way, conversely, that the rise of greed and concentration of power was helped by these modes of technology.
Why listen to the spin and rumors and reports of what may well be arguably a biased media, when you can get the news and happenings from people who live there, who are a part of the story, who can give you so much more than any 1 news channel or company can provide or is willing to provide. This is why countries like China block their people from this sort of thing, because they know what is coming and they are trying like hell to avoid the future and truth and the accountability, and the responsibility that comes with the decisions and plans they’ve made. China is not alone in this, but serves as a glaring example of it.
This is also why we have Freedom of Speech as our first and foremost amendment to our Constitution and I pray it never is 2nd place or lost altogether, for that which we like and do not like to here or think well or poorly of; to put that power of expression to rest or restraint unduly, is the greatest mistake we could ever make.
So, join this neighborhood today in its new form somewhere and bring back to life in the new the age old truth and wisdom that comes with a solid, caring, cohesive neighborhood of your fellow citizens of the world. Through this new way of building neighborhoods we might come to realize again why we should take care of the neighborhoods where we really live as well.