The Internet is now used by people ranging from the youth to elderly to do research, go online shopping, enjoy the SNS and so on. While military affairs during the Cold War contributed to the development of the Internet, it is often argued that the SNS such as Twitter and Facebook plays an important role in political changes: “agency of peace” (Curran, 2012, p.36). For example, it is generally accepted that the SNS supported the movement of the Arab Spring in 2010. Needless to say, the evolution was not only a result of technical development but also political context at that time in Arabic countries.
There is a question we can consider: Can we then conclude optimistically that the Internet as a peace maker? Personally I do not agree with this view because of the reality we face today, such as a flood of pornography, racist comments, and spread of radical political information on the Internet. If that is the case, how can we resolve such a problem? Because of the strong power of the Internet from its birth, it is necessary to think future development of the Internet as long as a person has a connection with the Internet.
Curran, J., Fenton, N., and Freedman, D. (2012). Misunderstanding the Internet, London: Routledge.