DIGITAL AMERICA

new techonologies and their importance

// Posted by on 04/05/2013 (3:24 AM)

Dimitri Acosta García

The arrival of new technologies like telecommunications and cyberspace, in which online communication takes place, has modified the way we interact with the world. Because of this, cultures all over the sphere can share information, news, concerns, etc.; in other words, telecommunications and cyberspace have permitted to see the world not only geographically, rather as a global community.

This kind of technologies have contributed to homogenize some cultural aspects and some interests all over the world, which can be seen as a triumph of globalization; but, besides that homogenization, telecommunication and cyberspace can be seen as a tool of social organization, a tool of Democracy.

Mexico and USA are not far away of the reality stated above: social network has been used as a tool of Democracy that, at the same time, has risen the participation of social groups interested in their countries and, particularly, in the decisions of the ones who have the power of decision.

Occupy Wall Street movement, a group of citizens who were dissatisfied with the decisions taken by their president and the financial industry for the crisis of 2008, using social media could mobilize thousands of people all over America, and suddenly spread to other countries, claiming for a “soft regime change”.

In Mexico the situation was not so different than the USA. In the last presidential elections (2012) we were witnesses of the appearance of a bunch of young people called by themselves “#YOSOY132”, who were acquiring importance thanks to the facilities of the internet and the social media.

Another use of the telecommunications and social media is that, besides to be seen as a tool of social organization, can work as an alternative way of communication. Occupy Wall Street and “#YOSOY132” demanded in several occasions that the regular media underestimate their demands and even their presence. That’s why they decided to create their own news and their own information that, later, was seen by thousands thanks to the internet and social media.

USA AND HIS INFLUENCE IN MEXICO

Despite that Mexico is known for its traditions and culture, there’s no doubt about the influence of USA in this country, most precisely, since my point of view, in the northern states, which is not surprising because of its closeness.

TV series, movies, music, food, sports, traditions- like Halloween – are so rooted in Mexican culture. We all listen your singers, eat your food, watch your Hollywood movies and, in particular, I play your national sport every day and I know almost every baseball player in the Majors.

We, as a nation, are one of the most fervent consumers of your products. We buy Iphones once arrived to the country, we eat you crispy cream donuts once put on sale in the market, etc. , nevertheless, we are still proud of our roots as you are of yours.

 

 


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Celia said...

Dimitri, your post highlights all the ways that digital culture have blurred pre-existing culture lines and both the US and Mexico’s cultures have become mixed. These connections have merged the two cultures and given a voice to millions of people that normally would not feel empowered. What do you think are the implications for the future as these connections continue to grow and strengthen? Will political boundaries be crossed? Will questions about who actually has the power become controversial? Will the Internet remain a truly “free” space?

// 04/07/2013 at 1:04 pm

Patrick said...

Both you, Dimitri and Celia bring up interesting points about the blurring of cultural differences due to the increased globalization of the Internet culture. Another question that this brings to my mind is the possibility of lost cultures due to disappearing boundaries. Reading this post made me think of a saying, “When a language dies, so does its culture” Although I am excited to see boundaries breaking down due to increased Internet activities it also brings up a question in my mind of how much is to much? Are there certain boundaries that the Internet should not cross so as to protect the cultures of nations? While there may not be a definite answer to this question I believe it is an idea that should be taken into serious consideration.

// 04/08/2013 at 5:57 pm

Tec de Monterrey said...

First of all, thank you both for share your opinions with me.
We are all convinced that, as Celia said, this new technologies have blurred pre-existing cultures lines between USA and Mexico and that Mexico’s culture and US ‘s cultures have become mixed, because of that, there have been group of people that see this as a loss of identity, otherwise, there are people, like you Patrick, that see this phenomenon from an exciting point of view.
I don’t agree at all about all those kinds of barriers that government or some particular groups try to establish to the internet. From my point of view that is against democracy, that is against freedom; but, at the same time, I’m convinced that there must be some ethical code that every internet user have to accept.
I’m sure that these connections will continue to grow and reach even more places in the world. I really hope that works as a tool of democracy, principally. Political boundaries would be crossed only figuratively, as now, even do contribute, as I mentioned in my post before, to modify regimes, cultures or identities.
Certainly, it is necessary to think about “how much is too much”. I’m completely sure that there must be some mechanism that prevents all the excesses we have already seen, at least, in commercial areas, now that we talk about globalization. Emergent nations, as some call us, are apparently invaded by those kinds of products affecting domestic industry.
I’m so glad to know a little bit more of your thoughts. I really enjoyed this experience and I really hope to have you back soon!

Dimitri Acosta

// 04/10/2013 at 3:57 am

Sam said...

Dmitri, your point that for now, “political boundaries would be crossed only figuratively,” really resonated for me for some reason. I think that the idea of political boundaries alone is a multifaceted and complex one, and some questions must be raised such as “what is a political boundary?” Certainly, in the past, political boundaries were limited to physical, tangible lines between states. Today, however, these lines must exist throughout more than just land and territory; they exist in ideologies, among people, and throughout time and space. Where else can political lines be drawn?

// 04/10/2013 at 1:17 pm