Last night school administrators for Bonny Eagle High School in Maine had to have been horrified to find that a story about their graduation ceremony (in which a student was denied his diploma for blowing a kiss to his mother) had hit the front page of Yahoo. Just a few short years ago, if anyone outside of that small community heard about this event at all, it would have been as a quick blurb on a news broadcast or a footnote in a large newspaper trying to fill up space. The school would have dealt with the irate parents of the community. Now, however, thanks to the internet, the story is everywhere, and school officials at Bonny Eagle High School have found themselves at the center of a maelstrom of opinions (most of them negative) from people around the entire world.

And, then there's the Twitter effect on the Iran elections. I remember Tiananman Square. Somewhere I still have the Time magazine with the cover of that iconic image of the young man facing down the tanks. The news we got from that tragedy was so limited. Now, thanks to cell phones, computers, and the internet, we are able to get stories directly from the students and other protesters in Iran. And the internet has given individuals in other countries ways to vent their own frustrations and share their concerns as well as ways in which to offer some small help. I have seen multiple posts on Twitter identifying ways for people in Iran to get around the censors to make their voices heard. That is amazing.

The internet is one of those things that makes me wish I had become a journalist. I could spend years writing articles on nothing but how the way individuals use the internet has completely changed our world and about how humanity as a species really, probably is not mature enough for that sort of power. Perhaps one day I'll start really writing again and can turn my focus to writing a serious article about the awesome powers of the internet instead of just rambling about it vaguely on DW and LJ.

(Speaking of the awesome powers--yes, I'm writing this from my Dreamwidth account. I'm giving the bugger a go.)


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