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The Internet is not racist, or misogynistic, or homophobic, or violent, or super disgusting, or mean-spirited, or scary, or infatuated with gruesome skateboarding accidents and junk-punch videos. Real, living people are. And that realization may just be too much for The Internet to handle right now.
I’m envious of my friends who are creating their own gigs and I feel like a sellout because I’m not. I feel stuck, like my talents aren’t utilized in my corporate job.
‘Can we talk?’ will have new meaning. Finally, the refrigerator will talk to my smartphone to tell it I need to order milk before I am out. Finally, my toothbrush will tell my dentist if it detects something that needs fixing. There will be ‘blinking’ instead of ‘clicking,’ of course. But what will not change is focused attention on the people that you love. I personally unplug one day a week with my family for what we call our ‘technology Shabbats.’ These will become much more essential as there are less boundaries for when people are ‘on.’

From followers to friends (by Oscar Nilsson)

An exploration of the Instagram community that meet up in person for photography walks. I followed a couple of groups for a few weeks and tried to answer my questions about how these groups work and what drives them to meet their followers face to face.
A mini-documentary by Oscar Nilsson

this need for positive social interaction is hardly new. “It’s been there in one form or another since before the dinosaurs 250 million years ago (…) What social media exacerbates is the satisfaction of feeling part of a group, and the pain associated with feeling excluded from a group.

Cyber-Seniors Documentary - Official Trailer (by CyberSeniors)

A humorous and heartwarming documentary feature, Cyber-Seniors chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. 
Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video, inspiring her fellow cyber-seniors to do the same. A spirited competition for video “views” evolves as hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. 
This charming film provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged and proves you are never too old to get ‘connected’.

So education must be the bridge between the present and future, the old and the new. But we must also build an enduring platform. By that I mean a new way of thinking about the global economy—the “new multilateralism”, where all stakeholders take joint responsibility for the global common good, breaking down the borders and barriers that are really relics of a bygone age.
Think of yourself as a freelancer for life and always nurture your networks, no matter what. Avoid getting lulled into a false sense of security. To stay engaged, take control of your professional development. The alternative is rather feudal.
Things are changing, not because the power wants to change, but rather because the power is being pushed to change by ideas. The people, with today’s technology, already sense the light at the end of the tunnel.