The Role of Social Networking in Civilizational Development: Towards Better Communication and Reasoning in the Global Virtual Nation and Virtual Nation

The Role of Social Networking in Civilizational Development: Towards Better Communication and Reasoning in the Global Virtual Nation and Virtual Nation

Andrew Targowski (Western Michigan University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2919-6.ch054
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Abstract

This study defines the nature, scope, pace, and consequences of the rapid development of social networking in the 21st century. The impact of INFOCO systems upon civilizational development is investigated and predicted for the future. Such concepts as Global Virtual Society, Global Virtual Nation, Virtual Nation, Virtual Users, National Virtual Citizens, and Global Virtual Citizens are defined. Their electronic culture is defined, too. Finally some recommendations for further research are provided. In particular, the question of whether the concept of one world government is good or bad for mankind should be answered soon, in order to properly steer the further development of large-scale social networks.
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Introduction

The purpose of this study is to define the nature, scope, pace, and consequences of the development of social networking in the 2010s and beyond. The roots of social networking will be investigated. These include the human developments of language, writing, books, computers, and computer networks as INFOCO systems specializing in handling and processing info-communications within rising civilization.

Social networking, as intensive, tele-computerized processes, must have a decisive impact upon human minds’ development. In particular minds such as the GLOBAL MIND and UNIVERSAL MIND should be growing well, in addition to the already functioning BASIC MIND and WHOLE MIND. This should result in better communication and reasoning by humans.

The architecture of a generic social network is investigated and the impact of social networking and info-communication upon civilization will be established. The further possible development of social networking is described, leading to the concepts of Global Virtual Society, Global Virtual Nation, Virtual Nation, Virtual Users, National Virtual Citizens, and Global Virtual Citizens. Their electronic culture is defined.

In conclusion some further research directions will be suggested, mainly questing for the answer to whether one government for the world is a good or bad solution for the well-being of mankind.

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