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Admittedly, thatís a rather self-aggrandizing title, when all I really want to write about is how Iíve seen a great deal of cross-pollination between people of similar sociopolitical ideologies over Internet forums such as newsgroups and website bulletin boards. Nonetheless, thatís whatís going on. Youíve heard about this before, but during this illegal war the Net has become crucial in its role as a disseminator: the revolution is beginning to happen on the Internet.
I know for certain that my own knowledge of history, economics, society, even religion and science has expanded due to the Internet, simply from browsing pages and sharing URLís with other users. However, the remaining characteristic of the old PC-based Bulletin Board Systems (the pre-Internet way of interacting over computer networks, which the Internet has all but extinguished), still simply called Bulletin Boards (when site-based) and of course the thread-based Newsgroups seem to be the real hotbed of information exchange and debate amongst those who are closely watching the events of the world.
Here on Lit.Org, for example, with its capacity for feedback on articles, plus its own BBS-style forum, this happens all the time. Iíve even been highly successful in spreading information and ideas on sociopolitical thought on the website of a rockíníroll guitarist, on his forum, which he personally administers. Iíve even engaged in such discussions via voice chat when I have had access to broadband internet connections.
While surfing via Yahoo!, I have found through connected news articles some fascinating debates regarding topics such as the war in Iraq and Americaís (Bushís) motivations for prosecuting it, and those of the nations opposing it. These discussions have digressed enough to include ideas of intelligent individuals all over the world on subjects such as the possible dissolution of NATO or even the United Nations, or the degradation of those entities and their influence.
I will never meet the individuals participating in these debates, nor remember their names or aliases. However, their suggestions and knowledge will be with me forever as I continue to piece together exactly what I believe and explain to others is happening in the world and why; this is certainly happening for my fellow Netizens the same way. Thus, it cannot be too long before there is a serious polarization on the Internet between Left and Right. As technology and history continue to accelerate in their respective progressions, the two most basic modes of sociopolitical thought will clash where they meet most often and most easily: in the intellectual combat of worldwide discourse, the Internet.