Using the internet

March 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm 5 comments

Can I just say how strange it is to be participating in a conference of over 800 people, and only have two or three people blogging and twittering?

I know that only a small number of those 800 people work in the media, but we’re all here talking about intercultural dialogue. And one of the main way intercultural dialogue takes place, in the world we live in today, is through the internet. It’s used positively and negatively, to promote dialogue and dissent. And in America, it’s now the third most popular news platform, falling behind local and national television outlets, according to the latest Pew Research Center report released last week.

So where is everyone?

Ethar El-Katatney


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anne Fox  |  March 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    But even still, over 90% are readers rather than writers or commenters. Apparantly this blog had been accessed by over 600 different people by this morning. Not bad for a one day old blog!

  • 2. bahz  |  March 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    i canna agree with you esraa … but remember that we have a whole session talking about social media .. if it was so obvious .. we wouldn’t have to present it… some activist still use the old methods.

  • 3. adshill  |  March 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I think that those that use twitter and the likes sometimes forget that while there are many million people out there doing it, there are billions who are not. There are a couple of other points:

    1) People need to see the real value of twitter and this blog before they will be able to feel like getting involved. Its early days and I think when people get home they will have time to reflect and hopefully to comment on what they see here.

    2) The programme is pretty packed. For those not regularly blogging or tweeting its the last thing on their mind when they’re next to 999 other people that they can speak to and learn from.

    3) The blog for example was only set up 48 hours ago and the address only promoted briefly on the screen in one session. More promotion throughout the halls and forum information of the blog and hashtag would have led to greater participation.

  • 4. Midhal  |  March 7, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I suppose its a question of awareness and education, people don’t understand the use of social media and its potential impact. maybe people are scared to engage and put their thoughts on-line. It will take some people a long time to change and adopt social media and its benefits… until then we may be a few on our own, whilst the continue to use traditional methods..

  • 5. aurelie  |  March 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    where internet and social media are very usual to connect each other while far away, i think the principle of the forum (at least one of them) was to meet in real rather using social meetings…

    great blog though :p


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