The Web is a daily part of our life. It allows us to do many things, yet its tools are less effective in durably changing societies (apart from winning elections). Many of those who can access the Web freely, are feeling lost, estranged and un-represented.

How can such a wonderful connective agent as the Internet remediate such a massive disconnection from society? Now that every voice can be heard?

The Internet will need to live up to its true potential. True ‘bottom up agents of change’ must be created on all levels, in order to reinvigorate democratic, social and economic processes that create ‘future’.

Social networks could grow to be social lobbies, or un-politicised and independant ‘webstates’ (not necessarily the privatised Silicon Valley ones and the ‘corporate citizens’ described and critised by Barbrook, Cameron, Morozov, Golumbia et al.; also see the VPRO Backlight documentary below).

These enlightened online communities might be able to reunite people (as Jyri Engeström would advise, around social objects), leading us to better policies and results.

— Words  # A.D.

 

Le Web fait parti de notre vie. Si ses nombreux outils nous permettent de faire beaucoup de choses, il est moins efficace pour changer la société.

Beaucoup de ceux et celles qui peuvent y accéder, se sentent perdus, aliénés et mal représentés par les politiciens et les médias.

Comment un « liant » tel que l’Internet peut-il remédier à un tel détachement sociétal massif? Comment (re)porter la voix du peuple?