Nationalism and the Internet Research Paper by JPWrite

This paper explores if and how the internet promotes national and local sentiments, despite being thought of as a basic tool of globalization.
# 67251 | 3,163 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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The writer of this paper examines the pros and cons of relying so heavily on the rapidly advancing electronic communication that's so readily available. This paper discusses the impact that the internet has on our daily lives as well as the mixed reactions and assumptions as to the real capacity of its ability to bring about changes in society. The writer ponders whether the experiences and actions of an individual in cyberspace are actually influenced by his/her everyday-life experiences. This paper contends that the internet is a tool to disseminate information and enhance communication and is beyond being just an alternative means of distributing information and communication as it has the capacity to contribute in the transformation of spatial and temporal organization of life. This well-researched and informative paper details how the internet may be used as a tool to advocate a nation's claim to self-determination. In the case of the Tibetans, the official website of the Tibetan government, that is in exile, aims to foster communion among Tibetans worldwide as well as to lobby their claim for self-determination in a global political realm that they are able to reach via the internet. Another example is the case of the Chiapas rebellion in which the internet was used by the Zapatistas to mobilize support locally in Mexico as well as internationally. This paper also discusses the benefits of this advanced technology in developing countries where a wide gap, called the digital divide, currently exists.

Table of Contents:
On Internet
On Power Relations
On Virtual Communities and Cybernations
On Sociological Transformation

From the Paper:

"In defining what a virtual community is, Wilbur argues that it is not advisable that the concept of virtual community is fitted into some known social reality. Old concepts should not be used in defining new phenomena. It is fine that a rich concept has many definitions. Every meaning that we ascribe to the concept of virtual community is a construct based on how the concept appeals to us. For Foster, communities found in the Internet are virtual but may not be sufficiently communal. For Slevin believes that virtual communities' and textual cyberspaces' existence depends on real people and real organizations. Cybernations are referred to as "non-territorially-bound communities." According to Hamilakis, although it is believed that the Internet is a medium that transgresses national and other boundaries, hence, defying the ideology of seclusion we call nationalism, the Internet is actually used as a tool to reproduce nationalist discourse."

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