Building bridges, building islands
: The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman got it wrong today in his column on Google as God.
He fears that the Internet will lead to more islands, more hatred, more collections of groups doing bad.
But I see the exact opposite happening. I even preached about it today. I see more connections, more bridges, thus fewer islands. I see Iranians and Americans talking; I see Iraqis beginning to tell their stories to the world; I see Israelis communicating their viewpoint; I see good coming of all this.
The byte is half-full, Mr. Friedman, not half-empty. The Internet — and particularly, weblogs — brings connections, not disconnections, understanding, not misunderstanding.