new techonologies and their importance
// Posted by Tec de Monterrey 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.