Saturday, July 22, 2006

The bright side of the Internet

Emily Bell"The facility with which people can overcome social awkwardness online - whether breaking the ice with a potential partner, or making verbal contact when you cannot speak, or arguing with passion or humour about issues with people you have never met but feel you know - militates against the naysayers of online communication. There are multiple benefits to mediating relationships through a keyboard and screen. None of these positives should be forgotten when the bleaker stories of teenagers communing in suicide chatrooms or paedophiles lurking in social networks get greater prominence in the headlines." —Emily Bell, editor-in-chief, Guardian Unlimited

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