Internet and the influence of USA
// Posted by Tec de Monterrey on 04/02/2013 (9:00 PM)
Jessica A. Pool Márquez A00806205
1. The third space
Internet has been classified as part of a third space. This concept is related to a community building. It refers to social surroundings separated from the two usual social environments: home and the workplace. In this way Internet has become in a new place to interact with other people, we have created a virtual world.
The possibility of having access to vast amounts of information and getting to know other people that share problems and objectives similar to ours has created a new concept of citizenship. Internet has enabled a new type of cross-border politics where blogs, Facebook and twitter are important places to discuss and change points of view. Throughout these last years, Internet has proven to have the capacity to enhance democracy. Individuals can easily become participants in electronic networks. This produces a specific kind of activism, one centered on multiple localities yet connected digitally at scales larger than local, often reaching a global scale.
We have as examples of this the Occupy Wall Street in USA or the YoSoy132 movement in Mexico, that where inspired by the Arab Spring movements. People could share ideas and see what was happening in other regions of the world and even share a sense of empowerment.
In this way, people could become activists and could develop networks for circulating information and inviting the engage to other people to this cause. This involved both virtually activism and activism in nondigital environments. That is the power of Internet: nonstate actors can gain visibility as individuals or as groups. So politics have more sense beyond the state.
2. Influence of USA
United States as our neighbor definitively has influence in our cultural, political and economic issues. Is in this way that we depend significantly on its policy decisions and economic status, a reflection of this is the immigrants and their remittances. So there exists a significant dependence into neighboring.
Regarding culture Mexico has been highly influenced by the United States. We have particular holidays such as Halloween that we bring and instill in our families. Mexico has adopted in some way the American way of life. This can be seen in many aspects of our lives. We enjoy listening to music from American singers; we watch their TV series and movies and we have even adopted the American fast food as hamburgers (we enjoy going to McDonald’s for example), pizzas, French fries and Coke. All these created for the mass communication and advertising. TV and Internet have helped to the American culture permeate our society.
These can also be applied to politics where we have our ideas of good government and we raise the flag of democracy.
These effects have both positive and negative impact in our societies. Between the positive, I think it has enrich our own culture and has broaden our level of understanding of other societies. Between the negative ones can be the fact that in order to achieve this American way of life we have put aside our own essence. For example, when we celebrate Halloween instead of the Day of Dead.
As a conclusion I would like to point out that the internet and virtual networks have become important for our daily life and even have broaden the meaning of citizenship. But it is important to realize that the real citizenship the one that really have impact in social decisions should be done on field. Internet should be only the mean. Regarding the relation Mexico-United States I think the similarities between the two countries will continue expanding and permeating more aspects of each other societies. Internet will increase its importance in making them even closer and able to find innovative solution to their common problems.