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Guest - Nikolay Sisoev “Tru Den”:The Internet as an intellectual, cultural and spiritual equalizer

Published 20th July 2010 - 5 comments - 3805 views -

WORLD INTERNET USAGE AND POPULATION STATISTICS

World Regions

Population
( 2009 Est.)

Internet Users
Dec. 31, 2000

Internet Users
Latest Data

Penetration
(% Population)

Growth
2000-2009

Users %
of Table

Africa

991,002,342

4,514,400

86,217,900

8.7 %

1,809.8 %

4.8 %

Asia

3,808,070,503

114,304,000

764,435,900

20.1 %

568.8 %

42.4 %

Europe

803,850,858

105,096,093

425,773,571

53.0 %

305.1 %

23.6 %

Middle East

202,687,005

3,284,800

58,309,546

28.8 %

1,675.1 %

3.2 %

North America

340,831,831

108,096,800

259,561,000

76.2 %

140.1 %

14.4 %

Latin America/Caribbean

586,662,468

18,068,919

186,922,050

31.9 %

934.5 %

10.4 %

Oceania / Australia

34,700,201

7,620,480

21,110,490

60.8 %

177.0 %

1.2 %

WORLD TOTAL

6,767,805,208

360,985,492

1,802,330,457

26.6 %

399.3 %

100.0

(The statistics is from Internet World Stats)

Look carefully at the table.
It shows the statistics of Internet users worldwide.

The Internet is not anymore only an informational environment.
It is now (especially) a social environment. Place to live.

Don't ironicly smile and do not rush to the keyboard to tell me how my conclusions are wrong.

The most human feature is the ability to communicate with words.
Our Word has brought us away from the animal and has made us people with spiritual, moral, intellectual and cultural values, who daily share between each other.

We live by the word, which enriches us spiritually, intellectually and culturally.
Our life without expression is determined by the word existence.

So we Internet users live on the Internet as a social structure and environment.

Of all Europeans 803,850,858, 425,773,571 live on the Internet as well.
Assuming that these are people with decent financial, intellectual and cultural situation, it would mean that a large percentage of the driving force of Europe live on the Internet as well.

The biggest benefit is that everyone has easy access to information and culture.
The biggest damage is that everyone has the opportunity to influence the information and culture.

Cultural, intellectual and spiritual progress is guided by the need to elevate the lows to the highs.
The highs lower the light of their values to the ones below and so close the distance between each other.
Note the usage of the words lower and close the distance.
The distance in this closing-in holds values, morality and culture alive and valuable.
Because distance implies striving soaring, striving for the top.
Culture should be giving light to and not descend to the lows.
Only this way the distance is maintained and will remain life-giving pursuit.

Alas, the Internet, as an easily accessible, sociable environment, destroys the distance between the peaks and lows.
In the Internet the highs make out with the lows to give birth to the plateau of mediocrity.
Creators of culture and spiritual values, lured by the opportunity to make their values accessible to the crowd descend to it, offering it what it wants and not what it needed.

When a wisdom is put in the crowd, it is considered not nourishing bread, but a decorative ornament.
The crowd loves to decorate with foreign values and when it does, wisdom is used as a cliche and turned into kitsch.
Here are some quotations taken from the so-called Facebook status:

    
The only way to have friends is to be a friend.

    
You can accomplish everything you want in life by just help enough other people achieve what they want. - Zig Ziglar

    
Can not set a meeting in the wind, but you can leave the window open.

    
Uni-form does not mind uniforms.

    
To love means to nadminesh yourself.

    
To approve and accept myself in this moment - this is the key to positive changes.

    
Nothing ever go home for a special occasion! Remember that every day of your life is special!.

    
Everyone like the moon has its unholy party never showed.

Please do not be insulted if you know yourself in any of the above quotations.
I have nothing personal to anyone, and none of the above is not yours.
This is a decoction of cut herbs, and it is not your taste nor the aroma of herbs live.
Cliché-flavored kitsch ...

"Virtual" is the name of the Internet among Bulgarians.
Virtual is not real but a virtual world and life (!)
Who is the real life, in the words that you hear, or that which is read?
And what is the true culture, this "paper" or that in the Internet?
Which is the real Bible, paper or electronic, and who is the true Christ, the church known or known you from the Internet?
Where is the border between real and virtual world and, in general, can we share life in this way?

The easy opportunity to publish and be known opens a hunger of the ego.
I know many intelligent and cultured people who are or could be creative, and creativity with which may or may influence.
I notice how their hunger for an audience makes them go down in the crowd, spending its values through the crowd's prism.
Friends can not put a cheap diamond setting and hope to create a masterpiece.
Will create kitsch.
And this is done nowadays.
Human culture is equal to the crowd.
Why are you media leaders like Berlusconi and buffoons firefighters, security guards like Borisov.
Works and police chalga songs, throwing plates on the counter for a lapachka, applauding the stihopletsva, God is not out of your mouth to come into your soul, listen to rap, Hollywood honor, watch porn and do not know how to make love, love stirring with a passion.
Not all, but most of you.
You create chalga and police-like songs, you throw cliches to the table for all to devour, applaud verse-mongers, God does not come out of your mouth to enter your soul, you listen to rap, honor Hollywood, watch porn and do not know how to make love, and love you confuse with lust.


I love to talk and write in the second person plural and thus digress from what I do not like.
However, do not write for the crowd, but for those who stand above it.

Each product has its price only among wealthy buyers.
Do not throw pearls to pigs because they can not appreciate them, spread them and cover them with their filth.
Democracy in culture does not exist.
Democracy is about politics, but there its dominated by the rich.
Culture should have aristocracy and
plebeians.
There must be a distance to have highs.
Only then is culture of value.
Populism in culture gaves birth to kitsch, and it lowers the artist and mixes it with the crowd.
Cultural aristocracy must be separated from
the rest!
Culture is not a field of tolerance and democratic tolerance.

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The article was majorly translated by google.com/translate with minor edits, and originally rests at http://truden.truden.com/1248.html


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Comments

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 20th July 2010:

    I trully agree and afriad of it… so i switch of the internet and computer.


  • Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 21st July 2010:

    Thanks for this one.. I was planning to write something about how the internet changes us, so the table was really useful.


    What is virtual and what is real… a big question. Just consider that our “money” are just numbers stored on a server somewhere, not gold or paper money. But then again… paper money are just as virtual as PayPal, and books are as virtual as the internet in one way…


  • Luan Galani on 21st July 2010:

    Thanks for delivering this, my friend. An insightful read…
    I’m still chewing all this over.


  • Helena Goldon on 09th August 2010:

    ‘Creators of culture and spiritual values, lured by the opportunity to make their values accessible to the crowd descend to it, offering it what it wants and not what it needed’ is my best one, Ivaylo.
    It is substantial, especially in the context of the developing world. When I think about what Internet has offer to the Ugandan community (in luganda) for example, I am largely disappointed. A few newspapers, Buganda kingdom website, some music sites and… loads of porno.

    When you look at the Luganda edition of Wikipedia, you’ll find nothing (no single entry!) on history, art, people, geography, arts… and there are at least 6 million Luganda native speakers.
    The goals are set, but nobody with the access to the internet really minds, nobody takes the responsibility. There are consumers but no creators.

    Have a look:
    http://lg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Vital_articles


  • Ivaylo Vasilev on 09th August 2010:

    True, wikipedia requires a solid number of contributors, but when you live in a society without such inet-bourgeois, what do you do?

    And who will speak about values?


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