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November 25, 2005

Communicating Across the Board

After reading Gillmor's Chapter 6 and reading through Katie Aikens' blog, I discovered the similarities we both experienced.

Because web-based conversations allow its audience to breach geographical boundaries, individuals (like Katie and myself) remain in contact with friends abroad.

During my high school senior year, I became close with our foreign exchange student from Switzerland. Jeannine and I have had numerous contacts since she left the States, so frequently, others in spurts. But each time we email each other, it doesn't seem as though we're far away from each other. Instead, we converse about school, work, and free time.

Despite our different cultures and background, I've learned that we have more in common than imagined. Granted, I wish I could encounter and experience her relaxed atmosphere; whether worrying about passing finals, finding a job, or having time to relax, Jeannine and I share the same concerns (and hopes) as most 20-somethings.

Naturally, everyone won't have an intercontinental friendship. Yet, I can't help thinking about the benefits our friendship has had on my perspective of the world. Our first-hand encounters with the news enable me to easily picture what's happening in other parts of the globe. I'm not 2,000 or 3,000 miles from the events because I connect to people beyond the limited perspective painted by the media.

As stated in my earlier blog, "it's not the United State's story or Argentina's or Japan's." We possess the ability to transcend the limitations placed upon us by society, the media, and ourselves. If the Internet is right at our finger tips, why not begin to make a change- to dive into the thoughts and feelings of others separate from our own...when will you decide to step beyond?

Posted by BethanyHutira at November 25, 2005 09:23 PM


I love this entry. Cultures can differ, but relationships and aspirations are human traits that transcend boundaries. As you point out, the internet connects us in a way that was never possible before. Nevertheless, maybe you can visit your friend in Switzerland someday. I hear it's very beautiful. If not, though, she's just a click away.

Posted by: NancyGregg at November 29, 2005 09:34 PM

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