This One’s For You

Last night I saw this trailer on BBC World…

…and then my daughter told me that the Internet had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last week.  I was away at school camp at the time and out of “the loop” so this was all news to me.

I started reading around a discovered a few articles in support of the nominations, but many seemed to think it was a ridiculous idea.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the person who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Is it so ridiculous that the Internet receive this nomination?

There’s a Māori saying in New Zealand/Aotearoa –

‘He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’
‘What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, it is people , it is people.’

Isn’t that what the Internet is really about?  Isn’t that why we spend time blogging, tweeting or facebooking?  It’s the people.  It’s the people. It’s the people. It’s the global connections and dialogues sans Frontières that are just as real and valid as face to face connections that make the Internet such a powerful tool for peace.

So who is the nomination really for?  It’s for you…  and me…  and everybody else out there trying to make a difference.  Celebrate… it’s not often we get nominated!

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9 Responses

  1. Hey. I’m reading this for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama, and I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I always thought of the internet as a cybernetic being that shows me what I want when I want it, or at least the next best thing. I keep forgetting that there are people who upload and grant us access to whatever it is we are actually seeing and enjoying. It really is the people, we are watching on Youtube. It is the people whose blogs we read. It is the people who voice their opinions together as a group, for as one they may be nothing, but when there are others that share the same opinions as them, there are limitless possibilities to what they can accomplish. Very nice post. Well done indeed.

    Oh, and I agree with the other people. Though the internet is very beneficial to everyone’s everyday life, you can’t really give a Nobel Peace Prize to something like that. Find the people that invented the internet. Give it to them. That would at least make sense.

  2. Hello, my name is Danielle and I am also in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and I have been reading your blog. I do not know if I agree with the entire Internet being nominated for a Nobel Peace Price. I do agree however, that it has done the most and the best work for fraternity between nations. It has brought this world together to be able to talk to one another, learn from one another, and share with one another. IT IS THE PEOPLE! It is the people who invented the Internet, it for the people who use the internet everyday. We didn’t invent it (though I wish I had!), so we should not be nominated for it, the person or people who invented should be nominated.

  3. Hi my name is Sam and I am reading this post for my EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. Your post is very interesting and I loved that video. I think it’s great that I live in an era that is so privileged to have such amazing technology. I think whatever you use the internet for is what makes you apart of this prize. Everyone is the internet and for that I say kudos.

  4. fantastic video and underscores that communication is the greatest thing we have (well creativity shared via communication)

    we can create beautiful things and a wonderful world. we can also create awareness to those things not so beautiful and not just

    thank you for the wonderful post! =)

  5. Hi! My name is Jessica Eaton and I’m a student at the University of South Alabama. I never thought I would be hearing about the internet being nominated for a Nobel Prize. Though it has led to great things, it has also had negative impacts on society. For example, what about exploitation? In my opinion, I do not believe the internet deserves such a prestigious nomination.

  6. Hello! My name is Kathleen Cosgrove. I am a student from the University of South Alabama. I never thought about the Internet this way before. I would prefer for a real flesh and bone person to actually receive the award but I do see why the Internet is a good nominee. I agree in what Miss Eaton said about how the Internet has had a negative impact in to world, but, overall, I think that Internet has done more good than bad. I think that it is how the person using the Internet is using it that determines whether it is good or bad. We rely on the Internet for a great deal of our learning and communications. It would be hard to imagine a world without Internet. Grandparents can see and talk to their grandson five states away. A three year old can share pictures of her world with people throughout the world. I can learn fun and new ways of teaching information to my future students. The Internet deserves recognition for all of the good that has come from it, but I would rather recognize the people who do good.

  7. Hi, my name is Maeghan Whitmire. I am commenting on this once again for Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I never thought of the internet that way. I guess we need to be continually reminded that is people you put everything on the internet. If no one had discovered it, it wouldn’t exist. It isn’t some crazy high tech computer that generates itself. People do it. I think a lot of people need to be reminded of that daily. The internet is extremely important, especially today. It can pretty much help you do anything whether you want to explore some other country, read a biography on a famous person, or just chat with you friends. Thank you for reminding me how important people are to the internet. I really enjoyed this post!

  8. Hey my name is Haley and I am from Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I am very surprised by this; I never considered the internet in that way. If I had heard the news of the internet being nominated for the nobel prize just in passing I probably would have thought it was absurd. But between your argument and the video you posted, I really view the world wide web as a representation of the people. There is so much human effort that has to go in to making the internet what it is. Also the internet has done amazing things for human connection as well as learning!

  9. Hi again! I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and this is the second post I am commenting on. This post really got me thinking about the internet being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Now I know this is over a year old, so I did some digging of my own and found that it was nominated again for this year. When you really take in what the Internet is and not just something we take for granted, it has done a lot. The article I found mentioned the toppling of the Egyptian government. It has connected people that thought they would never speak, case in point the class I am currently enrolled in. I am glad that I found this post and learned about this. Thank you!