Accept it. Social Media is bringing us together. The space between us has never been smaller. Distance and proximity, which have historically been major factors in the spread of ideas, now matter very little thanks to the proliferation of social media.
We are now living in a global community. Ideas are passing over borders and across the globe at light speed (or hopefully at least at high-speed). We are no longer bound to just the ideas within our immediate geographic regions, allowing us to open ourselves up to other competing ideas.
Unless something major and horrific happens with free speech and internet usage, social media is a wonderful tool that can help all of us ride into the future together.
The recent Israeli-Iranian solidarity exchanges to pass through Facebook and Twitter have warmed my heart, as well as increased my confidence in humankind. Last weekend an Israeli couple, worried about the growing talks of an impending Iranian-Israeli war, decided to reach across these borders in literally the only way possible: social media. After all, telephones from Israel will not complete calls to Iran. Other than tools like Facebook and Twitter, there is no way for everyday Iranian citizens to talk to everyday Israeli citizens.
The Israeli couple developed this simple meme (below) that anyone can share or superimpose over their profile picture. Is has since then spread like wildfire.
Obviously some critics have made humor of this:
But for the most part, this has become a very positive exchange. Iranian people even replied with their various counter versions of the meme:
As s social media dork, it absolutely tickles me pink to see social media being used in this way. Imagine the impact on society when the people at the bottom of one pyramid are able to talk directly to people at the bottom of another pyramid. And guess what, boss? It sounds like neither of them are really into the whole idea of fighting.