The Wonderful World of Web 2.0
"So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?" ~ Dr Martin Luther King.
Web 2.0 for me brings democracy to the individual in a world and time where participatory democracy is dying fast. Where professionals failed, amateurs rise. Where leaders failed, servants rise to achieve equal status. Web 2.0 for me is a wellspring of hope, love, equality, peace and goodwill. It bridges the boundaries, erases the labels and brings the divided together as one.
We live in a world where religion, ethnicity, nationality or gender has become far more important than being simply human, which is to be colourful, flawed and celebratory of our differences. This is what most excites me about Web 2.0 – its power to harness diverse peoples from across the globe to channel their thoughts, emotions, feelings and ideas for greater good. It fires the flames of hope into breathing action and pro-action. Web 2.0 has the incredible power to energise a sleeping people. It allows a platform, where there has never been one before, for voicing shared concerns, troubles, and joys and prompts collective action. It is amazing how a simple thought transformed into words or pictures or music or moving images can elicit so much change in the world. Thank you Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and World Pulse! The list does not stop here. The power of the web knows no bounds.
What the global women’s empowerment movement has been striving to achieve for decades is really, social equality. In that respect, web 2.0 does really help us come closer to that goal. Although the internet is yet to reach some difficult corners of the world, and it is a challenge to meet the bandwidth challenge, it is more than a few who agree that the internet has the power to bring more good than harm. I believe that when more women have access to this wondrous tool, the world is on its way. If more women could get online and voice their plights, their situations and their will to change the world for the better, the women’s movement will cease to exist. And it’s great that Web 2.0 provides a platform for not only women, but men as well. With the increased production of women’s voices, a few, good men will notice. And hopefully that will expand so much so that men universally will not be able to ignore any longer. Men will start embracing women more! Men ♥ women and vice versa. Now isn’t that social media to the core?
Web 2.0 empowers me to be more confident as a woman. It gives me access to boundless knowledge. It allows me to discover new things and to share them with others. It helps me realise that I am not alone in this world and that so many others out there are just like me, waiting to exhale. I am grateful for being able to connect with the wonderful world of web 2.0 and to be in a position where I am able to pass on the knowledge that I acquire using web 2.0. It’s almost as if web 2.0 has ‘rebirthed’ me. It has helped enable a label-less, border-less and more harmonious and peace-ful me.