Mario Tinoco

estagiario, TIM BRASIL

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Internet Social Communities changing the way we see and create identities.

My idea is simple. Actually we still see ourselves as Americans, Europeans, Brazilians. We are soccer players, engineers, economists, etc.... Although the social communities do strengthen these existing and strong identities, it sure does bring force to new identities created across the globe.

It is, now, to easy to create a group with common interests and keep in contact strengthening it's consistency. The Egyptian Revolution is a nice and clear example of this. MMORPG is another, people from all around the globe stay in contact because they like Tibia or MU or WOW. TED is the perfect example, we are TEDer's, this is an existing identity.

This is only the start, where is it going? Do you think that in the future we will be more adept of these new international identities than our own nationality? What if ideas like feminism or communism have had exploded right now, would they be much stronger?

Just something to think, will your grandson be more a TEDer (because he learned to be one from you) than a national citizen?

Thanks for the time,

Mario Tinoco

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    Mar 17 2011: That's globalization my friend, all due to the internet. Since people are now able to connect without any discrimination to share ideas, connect and be productive the lines of discrimination are quickly blurring. People are now becoming "citizens of the world" by every sense of the phrase.

    Of course political and other movements would have a larger base of supporters, however it wouldn't be much larger than what it might have been before globalization because as much as globalization connects people regardless of boundaries people in the same localities connect as such they are able to share ideas quicker.

    However even if these political movements are larger or gain more traction they would still be limited to the nationals of that certain country unless we have a world government. Indicating that no matter how connected people are, they as you pointed out recognize that they're from different places with different governments and different politics. Which is why social movements won't get massive traction.
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    Mar 17 2011: Thanks for the comment, i never thought internet debates could be so enlightening as this is.

    I do think as you think. I am a realist and keynesian by force cause of the reality of my country (Brasil, the country of inequalities).

    But, i do see people here that dislikes being brazilian (brasileiro), wishing they could be americans, french, etc... For this kind of people it would be easy to adopt a new identitiy, stronger than nationality, if that identity existed. Even on the best places of the globe there may be unsatisfied individuals with their local identities.

    So my point is, this hole matter is still very recent. But 20, 30, 50 years from now, how will this work? I kinda like to think that this kind of unsatisfied ppl (i don't include myself in the category) will be able to choose what he wants to be, apart from being a national or citizen.
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      Mar 18 2011: I see what you mean. People see other nationals in developed countries such as the US and Europe as you mentioned and long for those privileges and rights in their own lands. This I believe urges them to push for reform in their own lands and make their own place better. Why settle for something when you can have something better? e.g. what's happening in the Middle East right now.

      Ultimately there are those who are going to push for reform as I mentioned and some who will just ignore their homelands and seek citizenship elsewhere, as it is much easier than changing an entire nation's ideas.