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Can modern day media, be used to positively help and serve a cause for a movement that will benefit a society though propaganda?

For instance, using social media to raise awareness on how TED ideas can be spread and implemented for a better world. Ideas such as open government, educational reforms, architectural and technological innovations and much more. I believe it is feasible on a small scale and trying to access different perspectives to successfully achieve that goal. Nicholas Christakis speech demonstrate that we are influenced by our social network and there are other factors that affect the latter, while Amy Webb showed how she can reverse engineer online dating, my approach to the question is what is we can reverse engineer how people interact on social networks to where we make them aware that they, as citizens, have the power to influence their government to seek and open government or reduce corruption, among many more ted ideas with the proper collaborations.

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    Feb 11 2014: Be careful of what you wish for...
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    Feb 11 2014: Hi, Elvin. I think I need you to elaborate on what you are looking to explore here. We know media is about spreading messages. Media, whether traditional or social, have long been used for such a purpose. You link numerous talks that feature such messages and provide examples of how twitter and other social media have been used for collaboration. Individuals and organizes use social media all the time to spread messages motivating people to action in support of causes.

    As it seems not very controversial that media can be and are used for this purpose, I feel like I am missing something in your question. Are you asking how effectively messages are spread through social media? Are you asking why some initiatives of this kind take hold more effectively than others? Are you asking whether contrary initiatives or competing initiatives are so widespread in social media that people ignore them?
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      Feb 11 2014: Fritzie,

      My point of view is that we live in an era where internet has brought us much closer than we think; globalization is actively taking place for the benefit of mankind. However there are issues that in my opinion, has yet to be tackled in order to go further as a species. Yes I agree that the media is used for that purpose; spreading the news. However, social network allows the freedom of actively commenting and sharing our views on many issues, and I have come to think that we can potentially affect the outcome of our future generations if we all participate actively in matters that are more important. For instance today it was brought to my attention, by my new friend, shared a page with me, informing me that "Facebook could become a distribution vehicle for MOOCs" that is some great initiative, I am sure we all agree can try to agree that education is a fundamental aspect for the advancement of our species. We can use the social media to raise awareness on how we can contribute to a better world, however, most of us, think we are limited to our own little world; family, work and hobbies; we do not realize that our posts, chats, likes have a significant impact on our immediate circles of friends. What if for one day we made a very special topic or poll, the focus of all attention on social network? Can that be done to bring about a change, so that we can take the necessary initiative? We live in a world where we need to realize that collaboration is the key to a better society; without it, there would be bad days at work with colleagues and bosses, jealousy among students and friends. To make my question clearer to you Fritzie, if I was to give you an ideal environment where we can target an audience on social network to be aware that they can help their nation, through seeking ideas that are on ted, would you be willing to help? What would motivate you to do so? Please do read my views that I have shared with Ang as well, it may help you understand me.
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        Feb 11 2014: I do not participate on Facebook or Twitter, but I had thought that what you describe is very much taking place. Have you listened to Clay Shirky's talks, for example?
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          Feb 11 2014: Fritzie,

          Yes, I have, however this is not taking place as much as I would love it in my country. I think there is so much potential that can be tapped into, in various fields; educational, infrastructural, and much more, if we can make people aware how significant their contributions, opinions and that they hold some power and that they are not at risk of corruption as citizens. We can have a generation of conscious voters and taxpayers as a result from such interaction. For instance , you said you do not participate on facebook or twitter and yet you know it is taking place, do you think if more people would participate, it would bring some change much faster? Irony is that you are participating here, and it matters a lot. especially to me at this very moment, thank you Fritzie.

          “Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” once said a great man, that millions consider as a role model , the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a very inspiring person among other due to his incomparable career, and he is using the social networks to serve humanity. We should be inspired to do so too, who knows maybe in the future social network will help us realize that we need to inculcate those words to our future generations through our educational system at a very young age and make it a discipline of life.
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      Feb 11 2014: At this stage of the game to think that social media could influence unity world wide, you're correct that is very naive.

      Influencing a shift in the way people utilize social media and encourage involvement in substantial issues is not outside the realms of possibility.

      Making a move in the right direction now may bring about a time when world wide unity is no longer thought of as a naive pipe dream
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          Feb 12 2014: There are times when I've gone to work and I've been the only female there among 1,350+ men.

          Navigating through the testosterone is a daily struggle, so trust and believe me when I say I understand where you're coming from.

          Communication at times seems almost impossible. The other day a coworker pointed and grunted, yes I'm serious, like a caveman, he actually pointed and grunted. I was supposed to take away from that primitive gesture that he wanted the chair behind me. Instead I looked him in the eye and asked him very politely if he could please use his words as evolution had provided them as a means of conveying a message much more effectively.

          He was not pleased. Oh well.

          Due to the stigmas related to men and women and emotions we are still on vastly different communication wavelengths. Building a bridge to span the divide has been a couple thousand year project but giving up on construction doesn't do either side any good.
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      Feb 11 2014: Feminists are perfectly welcome to participate in TED Conversations and many do. There are also socialists, conservatives, libertarians, religious people and atheists, young people and people who are no longer young, students and professionals... people with a range of different perspectives and lenses through which they view the world.

      What the terms of use require is basic civility in discourse, regardless of anyone's point of view, gender, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, age, or any other demographic designation. When participants flag a comment, it is typically because someone is being over-the-top rude, or engaging in personal attack, accusation, or harassment, or selling merchandise. Or people flag comments that are off-topic.

      Just follow these guidelines and you will have no problem.
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      Feb 11 2014: Lilly,
      I am on the same wavelength as Ang; it is naive to believe that social media could influence unity worldwide, however, I am wanting to get to the bottom of this matter, because I think there is potential to apply this on a much smaller scale which would be on small developing countries that has yet to achieve levels of developed countries. I also share the same view as you do on matters that are still prominent nowadays and has been ever since the dawn of time; corruption, ethical issues, biased views and much more. However since me and you can reflect on those matters and we can assume that many persons that are on Ted.com, whether it be, at the ted conferences, the speakers, their colleagues, the commentators, the translators, we all more or less have the same ideologies toward those issues. So that means two things in my mind; we have an increasing number of persons that are not oblivious to those issues and this fact can be used for a greater cause. There are many out there that would argue that education is the key to produce conscious voters, responsible citizens, great leaders, great thinkers to help make the world a better place, and guess what education has, because history show us we are all a big part of it, we had Albert Einstein, Socrates, Nelson Mandela and the list goes on. To sum it up; there is hope Lilly. We have been influenced and we can influence others, it is just a matter of time and collaboration to do it the right and effective way and to be optimistic.
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        Feb 11 2014: Good things come of can-do attitudes. I am sure you know that well known saying that people who are entrenched in the belief that things cannot be done should please step out of the way of those who are getting these very things done.

        I am sure you can, by collaborating with others, make a difference. I have no doubt of it.
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    Feb 13 2014: Elvin, Propaganda is neither good or bad ... it simply only presents one side of an issue. As a modern day example we all heard the value of having the Affordable Care Act ... we did not hear the rest of the story ... even though it was know by the drafters. Only a few people bothered to read the "law" ... and no one in Congress, the Senate, or the media was among the readers. The misleading ... lying ... and deceiving of the American public won the sponsor the LIAR OF THE YEAR award. To be fair the award should have included Congress, Senate, Supreme Court, and the media. The public should get the sheep of the year award.

    Which brings us to the second part of he issue you present ... the media. If the media did their job of informing the public of the facts ... both good and bad ... then yes. However, that seldom occurs as the owners have political agendas and use their media to further their agenda.

    I have received many e-mails that express something I really want to believe ... however the simplest of searches prove it to be a false story ... to my shame I have passed some also because I did not do my homework.

    Mother Thressa did great work for years ... no one cared and all of a sudden her work was noticed.

    There is a lot of good going on ... people who care .. people in need. They do not seek notice they go about their task everyday. It is up to us to be the evaluators of "our facts and truths". We may get it right and we may get it wrong but we will not be led by those with a agenda.

    In the final analysis .... "we" are responsible ... don't get caught up in the blame game.

    If it sound to good to be true .... run from it.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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      Feb 13 2014: Robert,
      The operative word is "homework". The media puts out all kinds of "stuff", and if we, as individuals, really want accurate information, we need to do a little exploration, as you seem to have discovered, based on what you wrote in your comment.

      I wholeheartedly agree....."we" are responsible.....don't participate in the blame game. As a member of the public, I do not accept the "sheep of the year award" because I do my homework:>)
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    Feb 13 2014: the internet has increased the doubtful belief that the human race operates as a single amorphous mass. this is, of course, a perception built in minds that are selective in their surfing and does not reflect reality at all.

    it is commendable that people are becoming inspired to post about social and political issues on various websites. some of that may turn into positive action.

    while communication has opened up through social networks, people are still susceptible to propaganda and while we are now seeing a dialogue-like situation (as opposed to the one-way communication of TV and Radio days), there is now a huge melting pot of opinion expressed as information.

    propaganda is not to be trusted regardless of the intention behind it. all intelligent human beings will approach any information they receive with increasing cynicism. skeptics are the only ones who will thrive in the mis-information age.

    keep pushing your ideals, though. that's how you make change - affecting one person at a time. by the way, it's far easier to influence a person in person than it is to post/message/snapchat them. :)
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      Feb 14 2014: Scott,

      You have some good points; different pros and cons to the answers of my questions.
      My whole idea boils down to how much people care about social networks and the influence of the latter. Undeniable we are moving on to stage where we are all trying to build us a social image in own own different ways ; career-wise, expressing our personalities and much more.

      I believe that most of us put care and time to make post and be socially active in our community to influence our friends or make more friends or colleagues. As you said, we approach every information with increasing cynicism and only skeptics will thrive to seek the real deal. However, let us take an example: let's say your best friend post on their social network that they are having a baby, got a new job, or is at the hospital, or anything that is seemingly important, you will not approach it with cynicism. This is to show that sometimes we can develop a sense of care and attention towards somebody's post and be influenced by it, regardless of what it may say.

      Now if we can find a way to make those posts credible in every possible aspect that would be one of the factors to help influence others. One of my ideas is to bring people closer by making realize that we may have a few things incoming - we care about the same things. Taking it a little bit further, the things that are essential for the well being of the society, where the end goal is to produce citizens like me and you, regardless of our origins.
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    Feb 13 2014: .
    Yes.
    "Using social media to raise awareness on " invalid happiness.
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      Feb 13 2014: I would really appreciate it if you could explain yourself in more depth..
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        Feb 13 2014: .
        Thanks!

        Here is a brief:

        (1) Valid happiness is the short-time feeling of things being a-step-better
        . . for keeping our DNA alive.
        (2) Invalid happiness is the short-time feeling of things being pseudo-a-step-better (actually a-step-“worse”)
        . . for keeping our DNA alive.
        . . E.g. having junk food, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, abusing drug,
        . . .... wasting (fashion, big house, touring, .... causing environment crisis),
        . . .... making too much money (causing inequality, crimes, wars, ....
        . . .... "destroying our planet", .... humankind self-extinction).
        (3) “Invalid happiness” is out of the valid scope of our instincts formed 10,000 years ago.


        About 90% of happiness we pursue today is invalid happiness.
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          Feb 13 2014: I think I understand, however, I cannot understand how you can consider:

          "Using social media to raise awareness on " invalid happiness.

          If the end goal is to bring valid happiness in the long run, then I would assume that Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were able to bring valid happiness and as they strive to make a better world for mankind, therefore keeping mankind's DNA alive, and also promoted values and morals that influence people to make the right choices such as awareness and reduction of racism, crimes and many other ethical issues. There have been men and women that through the years have perpetuated this behavior and inspired others to follow these morally righteous paths. The means justifies the ends, even though the means are hard to categorize as valid or invalid happiness, but the results can be.
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        Feb 13 2014: I agree with your statement Elvin. Also, it is a personal judgment to try to dictate what is valid or invalid happiness to everyone.
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        Feb 13 2014: I think Ying is arguing that social media can be used to steer people away from poor nutrition, drug abuse, littering and so forth. There have long been media campaigns in this area.

        More broadly when people tweet out to their friends links to TED about living lives of meaning, that would be consistent with what Ying is talking about, I believe.
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    Feb 12 2014: Hi Elvin,
    The Media and technology are tools in our extensive toolbox, and as with most tools, it depends on how we, as individuals, and as a whole, choose to use them. I wholeheartedly believe that it is a beneficial tool, which can contribute to raising awareness of issues, and can influence people to the point of changing our world in various ways, which the media has already begun to do.

    For example, abuse and violation of human rights thrives in isolation. With the ability to connect immediately around our world, it is more difficult for corruption, abuse and violation of human rights to continue. We cannot "make" people aware however. We can offer the tools, and people have choices regarding how to use the tools.

    There are several conversations about this on TED....have you checked out any of them?
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      Feb 13 2014: Ms Colleen,

      I am fairly new to the this section of TED. I will definitely try to find conversations related to this topic. It appears to be you have been on TED for quite a while, and I am happy an experienced member like you took the time to converse with me. I had a few questions for you as an experienced TED contributor; does any of the ideas or debates ever results in real life collaboration to achieve some of the goals that may be deemed as useful? Or is it just like being on other forums and sharing opinions? Furthermore I would also appreciate it if you could your time to check my profile, where maybe you could have an insight of why I am concerned with these topics. I surely agree that corruption, abuse of power, human rights are issues that are more “controlled” than the past decades due to the advent of technology and the media. However I am more concerned about developing countries, where those issues are still as much present as it was decades ago. For instance here lately I have been very concerned why even though many person are aware that there can be significant progress in various ways mainly politically, but nothing is done about it. So through some talks with citizens (friends and strangers) many have argued that there is too much favoritism, corruption and risk involved to get anything done. Even though they have the right to suffrage, the presence of several en-rooted political parties that have great influences hinder those who could potentially be worthy, yet many disagree or are oblivious that they can have any chances. Part of the solution that I think can be useful, is international media. If you would care to read the conversation that I had with Ang here in this section, that may help give you some clarity over how I wish to tackle this issue.
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        Feb 13 2014: It is my pleasure to converse Elvin, and this is a good, ongoing topic. Some folks get stuck in the black and white...media is good or bad...technology is good or bad...etc. They are "tools", and we can use them in many different ways.

        Your questions:
        "does any of the ideas or debates ever results in real life collaboration to achieve some of the goals that may be deemed as useful?"

        I observe several instances where people connect and collaborate outside the TED forum. The examples I think of at the moment, are in the fields of sustainable development and education. There are often classes participating in TED, and I notice lots of young people coming to TED for information regarding homework assignments. I have forwarded many TED talks to teacher friends, who use the videos in their classrooms.

        "I would also appreciate it if you could your time to check my profile, where maybe you could have an insight of why I am concerned with these topics".

        I checked your profile the first time I responded to you Elvin because it helps me get a better feel for the person I am responding to. Why don't you tell ME why you are concerned with these topics? You are the only one who knows what you think, feel, and what your intent is:>) My guess, is that you are a caring, compassionate person who wants to contribute to making our world a better place?

        "I am more concerned about developing countries, where those issues are still as much present as it was decades ago."

        I understand your concern Elvin, and every journey begins with a single step. We are not going to change our world overnight, and we can continue to take steps toward change. I believe communication technology helps facilitate change.
        Consider racism in the USA....
        A couple hundred years ago, documents were written, which said all men are free and equal, and those documents were signed by people who owned hundreds of slaves. There is still racism in our country, and it seems to be decreasing...thankfully!
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        Feb 13 2014: continued....

        Elvin,
        There are always going to be people who say "there is too much favoritism, corruption and risk involved to get anything done"...."change is impossible"...."it will never happen"...bla...bla....bla!

        "The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it"
        (Chinese Proverb)


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        Thank you Lamb Lamb, I could not get a reply close to your post.

        "Lamb Lamb
        2 hours ago: Chinese version is as follows:
        「己所不欲,勿施於人」. "

        Google translation:
        "Do unto others, do not impose on others."
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          Feb 13 2014: Ms. Colleen,

          I am very thankful for your responses, you surely put a big smile on my face and fueled my motivation for the rest of the day. I would love to share why I have a concern in those topics because I know that what I imagine can be done, and as the saying goes "Rome was not built in a day". I am willing to find persons and friends that have more or less the same beliefs to come together and collaborate and inspire others (that is part of the bigger picture). In my opinion, (after watching several TED speeches) social networks, very much as TED conversations, among others can have an influence on others, it is just a matter of time to understand how and to find an efficient way of doing so. Anyways it is hard at this point in time to put into words what I really plan on doing and (what I imagine) what and how it can be done, the only thing that I know is that an inner voice within me, call it faith, confidence, foolishness, stubbornness or anything else, but it says that I believe in myself that it is very much plausible, and like you said, it is just a matter of finding and using the right tools the right ways to contribute to world peace starting with a small society.

          I am working on a mind map, and as soon as it is done, I would be grateful if you would look at it, and share your opinion with me or help me built on to it and at the same time understand why I am doing this.

          Thank you so much Ms. Colleen.
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          Feb 14 2014: Chinese version is as follows:

          「己所不欲,勿施於人」.
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          Feb 16 2014: Dear Colleen

          Regarding classical Chinese interpretation, Confucius (551 - 447BC) said that 己所不欲,勿施於人.
          His central philosophy was: value, justice, respect.

          1. "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others."

          2."The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it"

          3. “Do not do unto others what you would not like others to do unto you”

          In 2014, Today’s e-interpretation example:
          I dislike you put dirty garbage bin in front of my door.
          I must not put dirty garbage bin in front of your door.
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        Feb 13 2014: I am thankful for your responses as well Elvin, and you already HAVE a big smile on your face, which is contagious and appreciated:>)

        We (humans) are like mirrors to each other reflecting back and forth all the time, so I definitely agree that we all influence each other......HOW we influence each other is a choice for all of us:>)

        In my humble perception Elvin, the first place to start with anything, is to believe in ourselves....when we believe in our "self" it provides a good foundation for the next step down the path we have chosen. It begins with knowing and believing in our self.....as you already know:>)

        I would love to look at what you are creating and share feedback with you Elvin. Thank you for that opportunity:>)

        One thing I offer.....one of my favorite quotes, because I think it reflects truth....
        "One of the great difficulties in the new order of thought is that we are likely to indulge in too much theory and too little practice".
        (Ernest Holmes - The Science of Mind)

        We have had information for a very long time regarding how to contribute to a better world. Plans, theories, information has been passed down for 100s of years by gurus, sages, psychologists, prophets, and teachers in many different disciplines. We need to start APPLYING (practicing) the information, if we hope to change the world......what do you think about that?
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          Feb 13 2014: Ms. Colleen,

          My response is fairly long:


          It is definitely a highly debated issue, and there is a start: Education. Do not get me wrong, many may argue that education is not the key, that educational institutions do not mold you in a way where you can become contributors for a better world. By education, I mean several aspects put together, for instance, the role of the parents, the brothers, sister, and relatives, friends, teachers, media and much more. How do we obtain citizens like me and you, (and all the person that are on TED) who seems to share some ideologies that can make the world a better place, even though we have different origins? We share more in common though we may like many different things if you know what I mean, for instance you said we are mirror images. We commonly agree that we need to help mankind’s progress and everyone has to abide to rules, laws and sets of morals for a righteous life.

          However, like you said, if we want to change the world, we need to start applying ourselves to make the changes and like Mahatma Gandhi said “ Be the change you want to see in the world”. However most of us have been shaped to where we need to care about own career and future; which is a good thing, some of us becaome educated taxpayers and voters, while other are oblivious to the issues around them as long as they can be happy with good company. What makes us happy is not having money, though money can buy several things, what really makes us happy is our social aspect. In my opinion, why social networks is increasingly growing is because we are all social creatures and our families, friends and colleagues views matters to us more than anything else, whether we realize it or not.
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          Feb 13 2014: In our globalized world, we have many issues, physical and ethical such as pollution, racism, global warming, corruption and much more. And we have many different persons and organization that are working towards a better world where those issues will be history, just as slavery. It is a matter of time until we find the solutions to those issues, the solution will mostly come from when people will realize that the world will be a better place if those were resolved and guess what, many of us have realized that and are on the good path of helping humanity.

          Like I said there are many that are oblivious towards those issues, some indirectly or directly contribute to mankind’s advancement without knowing, while some unfortunately hinders mankinds progress (contributing to corruption, wars, drugs and crimes). It is just a matter of education, for instance, if core values such as humanitarianism were to be implemented in our educational system maybe we will produce more caring citizens, and lead to a more peaceful world.

          The world we live in, is mostly influenced by money and power, and we have persons with money and power, that use it for good or bad, we witness it everyday in every part of the world and those are the ones that can affect the outcomes of humanity. They can help make better educational systems, help implement ideas that will be beneficial to others. The area we need to tackle is to make them aware that they will be considered successful and their names will go down in the history of mankind if they do the right things by starting to use their influence in the right ways and Steve Jobs has done it, he made innovations that have impacted the whole world directly or indirectly. Their is a different entity that is mostly commonly known and appointed to use their power and money to do what Steve Jobs has done and that entity is the government of a nation.
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          Feb 13 2014: And my idea is to recruit persons that will help create a government that have people that can be trusted and allow transparency between their lives and their fellow citizens; just like I am talking to you and vice versa, regardless of who we are and where we are from, we are both equal as humans, and our actions should be beneficial to both of us in many aspects of life. The government has the power and the role, to apply (practice) these informations and ideas, for the best of its nation.


          Now lets make a few assumptions:

          1.if there is a nation somewhere in the world that has a few ongoing favoritism, corruption, racism within the government and it is risky for people like me and you to raise the voice and make our friends and others realize that things can change.

          2.This nation however is small, and is influenced heavily by the international media; famous actors, activist, successful politicians and other professional figures across the globe and compared to the influence of the political bodies and citizens within the nation we are speaking here.

          3. An organization within that nation that was to collaborate with those influential entities for the benefit of that nation through, raising awareness, investments, training, and creation of employment in sectors that has not been tackled in the developing nation, to seek open government, inspire the citizens trust this organization, and live a lifestyle that is deemed to be peaceful through effective ways to tackle ethical issues through innovations and implementation of ideas by new governance.
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          Feb 13 2014: 4.Given that nation is already a cultural hub of diversity, where there is less and less ethical issues concerning racism and religion as social media and education brings us together.

          5. Finally if this organization was to be to be trusted to be the new government and strive to keep a transparency between itself, the citizens and a global level, we could (perhaps) embrace a new era of globalization!

          So there maybe a turning point in history of mankind but I know that is a lot of assumptions and many things can go wrong, however, if we can imagine it, it can be done.

          We never though we could fly, or go into space, there were so many things that were believed impossible. Globalization can pave the road to world peace.

          Sorry it is so long, I find it hard to put all my thoughts in 2000 characters.
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        Feb 13 2014: I agree Elvin....there are many issues in our world, and we are all different, although very much the same as well:>)

        Depending on our individual interests, talents and skills, we can contribute to change in various ways in our world.

        We can only move forward on our own, and usually, we discover that there are many people on the same path as we choose at any given time. Absolutely.....be the change you want to see in our world. So, don't spend time and energy talking about the "many that are oblivious towards those issues". What we focus on expands, so if you're focusing on everything that is NOT being done.....guess what? That idea expands in your mind and heart. Focus on what YOU can do in each and every moment, and that contributes to what others are doing in each and every moment.....get the idea?

        When we consider EVERYTHING in our world that could be changed, the task seems overwhelming, and that thought/feeling often stops people in their tracks.

        You are speaking a lot about what "they" are doing that is not beneficial.....about "them".....what about YOU? What are YOU doing, other than speaking about "them"? The best teacher is a good model.
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          Feb 13 2014: I understand where you are coming from Ms.Colleen, I may be negative, biased or unprofessional concerning some matters on how I speak, interpret or act over some debates.

          Anyhow, if I was to focus on what I am doing or what I could do, I can tell you that for right now I am trying to be socially active and getting involved on the internet, where I can speak and seek advice and opinions of others for my personal growth in the areas that interest me and see what may results from these interactions.

          Generally speaking, I can strive to build a career to where I can try to fit "the best teacher is a good model" and inspire others or build myself some credibility so to speak. However I do not know any career that may help me put my effort in good practice as it may result with my personal life and the things I value the most; my love and time for my family.

          I love being a full time dad and spend quality time on the internet in areas such as philanthropy, technology and sports. Also, to be the change I want to see in the world, I love to converse with my friends and meet new friends in the hope that my influence can bring about a change by bringing up those issues, while letting my mind drifts upon speculation what maybe the outcomes of my influence and the ideas that I contemplate and discuss with others.
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        Feb 13 2014: I do not perceive you as negative, biased or unprofessional at all Elvin. You seem to be a caring, insightful young person.

        Seems like you are taking a good path, and that is where it starts....in us as individuals....."BE" what we want to "SEE" in our world. We cannot change anyone else....only our "self"....and I wholeheartedly believe in the ripple effect:>)

        Being a good model as a dad is a HUGE gift for yourself, your child/children and everyone you interact with. When my kids were little, I focused on being the wife and mom, and while I had other interests, that was my priority.

        As they grew up, there was time and energy for different focuses. When I retired, there was again a change, and an opportunity to focus on different things.

        One of my life philosophies and practices, is to learn, grow and evolve as an individual, while contributing to the whole. Follow your heart, and at any given moment, there is an opportunity to learn and grow while contributing to the whole. I would LOVE to some day say....Elvin.....I told you so!!! LOL:>)
  • Feb 11 2014: Propaganda is lies. Lies always end up turning out bad.
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      Feb 11 2014: Bryan,

      Propaganda have many meanings :

      "information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc." - dictionary.com

      I am trying to use it in a positive way in this context.
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    Feb 11 2014: Here is something directly on point of your thread, a synopsis of Bill Gates' engagement yesterday on Reddit: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3026276/bill-gates-on-why-the-world-needs-to-be-less-cynical-and-start-focusing-on-real-problems?partner=newsletter
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    Feb 11 2014: Society is waiting for the 1st big change influenced by social media.

    Once the barrier has been knocked down and people feel empowered by the impact they can have through social media we will more than likely see an influx of people utilizing this means of communication for something more than self-satisfying entertainment.

    It would take more than a viral video being covered on the evening news. People need to see major players in the political arena recognizing and acknowledging something being addressed and discussed through social media. Having ideas and solutions validated and accepted by those with the power and influence to affect change has the potential to motivate people in the direction of getting more involved than they have been.
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      Feb 11 2014: Ang,

      I share your thoughts, and your insights is well presented. Barriers of various kinds are hindering the true power that social media possess. One of the barriers that I wish we could tackle is that of trust; trustworthy figures, he/she maybe patriots, humanitarians, economists, entrepreneurs, architects, men of vision, who are willing to expose their life to the world and show that they can allow a level of transparency to where their friends, colleagues and followers can undeniably say that matters are in good hands. For instance, I can think of a couple of personalities that fits the category ; The Pope, Mahatma Ghandi, and the Dalai Lama, and many more. Maybe somewhere out there, there is other persons that fits the category and can bring about a change in the society if "recruited". (Such is one of my dreams).
      I have been thinking about how certain news, items, persons of videos become popular, it depends on several factors, but one factor that I think that can be tackled, is the influence of famous person. For example, I think, let's imagine that I collaborate with the one and only Mr. Bill Gates on a interesting project and my friends, were to see a picture of me with Mr. Gates or a video, illustrating how the project can revolutionize the lives of others in many aspects. Not only my friend will be curious to know the project but also have an interest in what I do and henceforth, inspire them as well. Given that I may be part of the organization that I am seeking, that will definitely help the latter and build a trust level with friends and followers.Popularity and inspiration can work along side for a better cause, as you can see on social media, some persons use their popularity for charity. TED has showed us that we have many persons with great potential, and many ideas that are worth implementing, lets gather those who have the potential to make those ideas a reality.In the name of progress, we live to make life easier for future generations.
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        Feb 12 2014: Achieving the attention and then involvement of a media icon is borderline necessary these days. Someone who is in the spot light and has an established following kickstarts a project or trend and almost guarantees a level of success.

        Having someone with influential power take notice and then motivate others to get on board could effect a huge shift in the level of motivation and passion people have for their own ideas and potential solutions to huge societal issues.

        I don't think I'm alone in my perception that political figures and powerfully influential people seem almost as if they've cordoned themselves off from the rest of society. They're unapproachable to the average person. Social media could be used as a way to breach that dividing wall and allow for some open communication between the different socioeconomic classes.

        There have been times in my life, and again I don't feel like I'm alone in this, where I've wished I could pick up a phone and speak with the POTUS directly to convey some pertinent information about the decisions being made in gov, and the substantial way in which it affects my community.

        Internet and social media could be an incredibly effective tool for gov. Gathering insight from different areas and also providing information about issues being discussed that will affect different areas.

        I just hope to see a shift in the way these forums are used. People have felt powerless and in too many cases completely helpless for an extended period of time. We need to feel empowered again, to feel as though an individual really can make a difference. We've lost a lot of that and I don't like to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I think that may have been the idea behind such an influx of mindless entertainment and technology keeping the distracting mindless entertainment at our fingertips every minute of every day.
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          Feb 13 2014: Ang,

          I believe it needs to be a two way traffic to use the social media to get the attention of a person of interest. The way I look at it, is, if I was able to make a meaningful Facebook post on the wall of someone that many of us think could be of significant help to our society, and have several members of that society like that post and comment to it as well, I would think there maybe a slim chance to stir the curiosity of that person. However I said it was a two way traffic; members of the society on social networks needs to be reached and made aware of what the post will be about and the opportunities that comes with the latter when "liked". However before any of that can even happen, there is far more things that should be done, for instance, (almost got far way from the topic and bigger picture) how an organization willing to do all that, will be able to help the society through concrete plans of actions.
          Once again Ang, your ideas and thoughts were very well presented, i have yet to master such skills my friend.
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        Feb 15 2014: There seems to be somewhat of a recurring theme in our society where we can very easily site and define what the problem is. We can also identify what the end result of the solution should be however the gap lies between the problem and the desired end result.

        We need to be able to define each step in the solution process.

        We could say that the solution to the lack of livable wage jobs in America and the declining middle class is that we need to bring back many of the businesses we've sent to other countries. In what way is this helpful? Discussion needs to be "what is the 1st step in returning 1 large business back to American soil?"

        In identifying the steps and breaking each piece down to a series of actions we would be far more prepared in our planning to make smooth transitions and attain the desired outcome as opposed to continuously running into problems and slapping a temporary bandaid on it to be addressed later. In this practice we end up way off the mark of the optimal goal.

        I feel as though our gov. doesn't take the time to be as thorough as they possibly can in their efforts to solve problems.

        Social media sites completely devoted to contributing possible solutions to different societal issues could be invaluable to a planning committee.

        People choosing to involve themsellves and put forth genuine effort on a simple forum is a real and practical way to collect ideas.

        Posting an "Issue of the Day" topic of discussion where people are given ample information on a topic and then asked to put forth their opinions and ideas on that issue...take a moment and think of the possibilities.