While, in theory, the internet links the world like never before, allowing us virtually unlimited access to information and relationships from all around the world, what happens in practise (to our cost) is that we tend to flock together with other online sheep who closely resemble ourselves. We’re usually delighted to find just how many variations of ourselves there are. In fact, our world view tends to become even narrower than it might otherwise have been, since the abundance of likeminded individuals available online means we’re no longer forced to interact with as many people who are “not like us” as we would have been before the web supposedly linked us all.
In this TED Talk, Ethan Zuckerman explains why we should be looking further afield for information and understanding, and describes how to start doing so.
What do you think? Is the web connecting us, as we all hoped it would? Or are we further apart, more segregated than ever before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.