Welcome to the global village

10 08 2007

There is a major transition occurring in society at the moment that will in some way affect all of us.

We are slowly moving from the local to the global. Once shopping at the local store would take a while as you caught up with your local friends and families. Networks were mostly contained within a small geographic area.

Now with the growth of the internet we can easily stay in touch with people from around the world. But the issue with this is how do you meet someone from Poland or China? The recent surge in internet activity has been around what are called Social Networking sites. The most popular by far is MySpace, which describes itself as,

MySpace is an online community that lets you meet your friends’ friends.Create a private community on MySpace and you can share photos, journals and interests with your growing network of mutual friends!See who knows who, or how you are connected. Find out if you really are six people away from Kevin Bacon.MySpace is for everyone:

  • Friends who want to talk Online

  • Single people who want to meet other Singles

  • Matchmakers who want to connect their friends with other friends

  • Families who want to keep in touch–map your Family Tree

  • Business people and co-workers interested in networking

  • Classmates and study partners

  • Anyone looking for long lost friends!

But what is emerging now as social networking develops is “passion-centric” or “object-oriented” communities. These provide specific interest based networking opportunities. So if you are a mad keen dog or cat owner you can chat with other like minded people through Dogster and Catster (I am serious.) The total number of members of Dogster isdogster.gif now 313,284 with more than 500 joining each day.



The founder of these two websites, Ted Rheingold states,

“These are about adults sharing about what they are passionate about in a safe, fun, informative environment,”

Or if you prefer you could join Sneakerplay where those who love shoes can come together with around 11,000 others to share and discuss their passion. But as Robleh Jama, co-founder of Sneakerplay states,

“You’re able to build a meaningful relationship and friendship over something like shoes.”

The object or passion is just the beginning. Through the common interest, relationships are built.

I think we as the church need to face the reality that our community is globalising and quite possibly specialising. So it may sound silly but the day may come where christian communities emerge where the membership is mostly people with the same interests and beliefs. Where almost you fill out some sort of survey about yourself and at the end of the process it recommends the community just for you.

Clearly this is a sad reality. It ignores all the joy that comes with diversity. How do we change if we don’t meet people different to us?

A kind of mono-cultural church is very worrying.

So first we need to engage with these communities, be a ‘God presense’ but also, we need to advocate for the local and for diversity.

Or do we just accept this new reality?





One response

7 09 2007

Hey Bro! I am back! hehe sorry I’ve been away… I focused on my Ministry last August ^^;; Oh! I have a Myspace too! dogster.. I think I had before but when my pets died.. I just didn’t update it hehe ^^;;

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