But how? “If we’re in an interdependent world, then the only strategy for countries, companies and individuals is to build healthy interdependencies so we rise, and not fall, together,” Seidman added. “This comes down to behavior. It means being guided by sustainable values like humility, integrity and respect in how we work with others: values that build healthy interdependencies.” It means shunning “situational ‘values,’ just doing whatever the situation allows.”
Tuesday, September 22 (class 1)
Internet and Society
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The author makes it sound so easy to choose how to act. Yes, we should respond using positive things like humility, and as stated later, we have to acknowledge that humans are imperfect. However, a lot of people just completely ignore that because it’s a lot easier to judge people who you don’t know. I’m a fan of Kpop, and there’s websites like Koreaboo and allkpop that put the celebrities under a microscope and tell of their actions. People are quick to comment and criticize them for the way they act despite not knowing if they meant to do something or the reason. However, then there are the fans who try to defend the idol. That’s because they know more about the person. They see them in interviews and music shows. They can even meet them in person by going to a concert or fan sign event. The fans’ view on them is not decided and limited to what social media shows. The same is shown between friends. Things can be posted on Facebook that make others be quick to judge and criticize, however the person’s friend might defend them. This humility and respect, for many people (not all), is created by the bond and relationship people have with each other. However, thanks to social media, we are able to know about others and criticize them without forming this bond. I think that’s where the lack of respect comes from. Although it would be great if everyone could possess these qualities like the author wants, it doesn’t seem to be possible for many people without actually knowing the people. They don’t see the person as another human being, but rather somebody in a screen. Now that social media is becoming even bigger, it seems that the bond will become even harder to form.

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