The reason why Facebook and Twitter are phenomenally popular is precisely this- connecting, writing, sharing with plenitude of thought and feeling which the mind cannot simply cast away or denude. These make you feel connected and heard.
CITIZEN JOURNALISM is becoming very popular today with the kind of alacrity, which could actually make a revolution in the world of journalism or freelance writing today. This is because there is a felt need for and of Community perceptions. Who represents the community? Due to the force and sheer ubiquity of the internet, the world has shrunk into a global community. It is one, irrespective of race, creed and colour. And the power of blogging and interface via the internet is binding concerns: social, political and even literary.
Yet there are communities within communities- and the co existence between the local and the global has generated tensions of sort. The kind of tension, which leads to creative thinking and the desire to simply communicate, which inheres in human nature. The Community thus is a focal point of perspectives today and the dialectic between old and new, good and evil, tradition and modernism. Communities within communities try to interface, connect and reconnect with the larger world with the help of technology, and the internet becomes a repository and fount of such communication, nay creative communication.
The reason why Facebook and Twitter are phenomenally popular is precisely this: connecting, writing, sharing with plenitude of thought and feeling which the mind cannot simply cast away or denude. On Facebook and Twitter people transcend barrires of time, place and space and become architects of citizen journalism- express their feelings, write a poem, upload photos, raise a cause, form groups to espouse them, and many more. Updates for example on conferences are given, and people are chasing information! Citizen journalism is a simple maxim- share, and if possible care! Similarly the number of yahoo and google groups that exist as a platform of views, however, radical they may be, is a testimony to the yearning for communication in the individual. Get my thought across is the perceived feeling...
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and My Space have come to stay as indelible passions stamped in the psyche- a celebrity status that the mind pines for and encapsulates.