The concept of a multicultural population is not new in terms of its principles, and through history there have been several prominent and forward thinking individuals who have sought to remove cultural barriers in society. This is with a view to integrating all cultures and belief systems within the boundaries of nations, where citizens will live, work and procreate in harmony and without the pressures of social prejudice regardless of their creed. However, while the concept is not new, it is still one that is at the mercy of an unstable global climate and the attitudes of civilians.
Interestingly, contemporary culture has seen a significant example of a global community, and how it has contributed to a vast improvement in an individuals ability to access information, interact and seek out truth. Of course, this refers to the World Wide Web and the online revolution, which over the last 2 decades has modified the methodology that we use to undertake both everyday and complex tasks alike. This should serve as an example of how a global community can succeed, regardless of the vast differences between the virtual and the real worlds.
When a society or faction of people are exposed to something on a frequent and daily basis, it begins to lose its mystique, regardless of its capabilities and the potential for growth. It is human nature to take for granted anything that resides as a permanent cultural or social fixture, especially in an age where brand new media and technological advancements are being made with impressive frequency. However, if we consider the mechanics of the internet and what it has the potential to deliver to its users, then its possibilities suddenly become endless and unlimited.
As an example, individuals can now interact with people on the other side of the world instantly, whether their needs are professional or recreational. This is a quite phenomenal state of affairs, and exemplifies how the World Wide Web has drawn a global population into a more concise and tightly woven virtual community. In doing so, it has itself removed logistical barriers and allowed people from alternative cultures to interact with ease, and all without falling prey to social prejudices or ill considered judgements.
It has also opened the avenues for free and liberal global trade, making it easier than ever for organizations to create revenue and prosperity from a worldwide customer base. This is itself conducive to global interaction, and ensures that the corporate world is becoming ever more compact and self contained. This concept of constricting space is something that encourages global communication, and acts as a virtual ideal for the physical world and its citizens to attempt to recreate.
One of the facets of remote communication is that is removes certain inhibitions, and also allows people to communicate without any reference to race or creed. This removes the potential for prejudice or preconceived judgement, and is something that would be crucial in sustaining a multicultural society. This is where the virtual world has made significant strides towards racial and cultural harmony, serving to show that it is possible for people from the most diverse of backgrounds to socialize and forge tremendous friendships and unions.
While it could not be claimed that the virtual and the corporeal worlds are entirely similar, contemporary culture is becoming increasingly reliant on the internet and online media. With new technological innovations and additional media outlets been created all the time, this reliance is likely to become even more prominent in the coming years, reducing the vast differences between online and face to face interaction. Again, this will serve to draw diverse cultures and individuals closer together, challenging the accepted conventions of communication and social interaction.
Often the World Wide Web only receives publicity for its perceived faults, and the reported damage that it does to social conduct and values. However, without users it is a vast but dormant resource, and one that requires the input of citizens in order to be successful or otherwise. This not only means that it relies on human input to generate its content and interact remotely, but also that it requires them to act responsibly and utilize it tools for good and unifying purposes. Subsequently, the most powerful source of data in the word is held within the hands of the global community and everyday laymen.
For ordinary people to have so much power is one thing, but for them not realise it is quite another, and you cannot help but think that the full potential of the internet has not been optimized in terms of fostering a harmonious global society. To this end, governments and citizens must accept the influence that the World Wide Web has upon society, and understand that it can be utilized to fight intolerance and prejudice of multiculturalism by drawing individuals together in an ever decreasing social circle. It may not seem like it, but the continuing online revolution may well be the process that heralds a new dawn for cultural diversity.