It is the most unavoidable of truths – words are not enough to form a message. The once infallible black and white rows have now been deemed dull. Their meanings are understood but kept solitary, unable to be passed from mind to mind (any attempt would result in smeared sentences and confetti bursts, the clumsy tears of clumsier paper). Information is noted but offers no reward. It is merely read, tucked away in thoughts and left to hide there. There is no call for participation. There is no need for debate. The facts are merely absorbed and then abandoned.
This must change – and it slowly is.
Through utilization of Internet Democracy (where information is filtered through all avenues of social networks: blogs, live feeds, online radio broadcasts and more), individuals can achieve a far more satisfying level of participation within their politics. Instead of merely tossing newspapers onto tables, hoping articles are found by ones who share their interests, they can send links and web pages to all of their contacts. A petition can be flung across the world, with the needed signatures begged for. Video files – embedded with campaign speeches and unexpected gaffes – can be uploaded for all to enjoy. Even the impending votes within local governments can be noted, explained for all of their complexities. The access is immediate… and so is the response.
Internet Democracy is founded on the principles of active encouragement. Individuals are to understand the world and then share their findings with others through the easy use of forums, sites and email. Information is able to bound from screen to screen, allowing it to reach millions instead of the fortunate few who glimpsed it in an editorial. It becomes a collective effort, pushed through by all who read it; which
allows for it to then be fully understood.
And this is vital.