Internet Content and Views by Different Cultures or Religions
This essay is about internet content and the views by different cultures and religion. In the modern world, the internet plays a major role. This is because of its widespread use as a form of communication. The development of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter has led to the increased use of the internet as a form of communication. The internet has been a major means of spreading the American culture (Casanova, 1994).
Culture and Religion play a valuable role in the manner in which individuals live their lives. Culture is mainly developed through socialization. Through communication, certain social units develop unique habits, rituals, and customs. Religion, on the other hand, deals more with the spirituality and, sometimes morality of human beings. The difference in culture and religion throughout the world means that internet content may vary from one region to the other (Featherstone, 1990).
In oppressive governments such as that of Iran, internet content is controlled by the state. Due to the tight bond of this country with Islamic culture and Islam, internet content related with Western culture has been completely censored. This is because their religion does not allow nudity and vulgar language. However, in the free world internet, content is not controlled and almost anything can be found in the internet (Hongladarom, 1999).
In conclusion, I would like to say that various cultures and religions greatly influence the views of society on internet content. This is mainly because of the difference in beliefs. However, one thing is for sure, the internet is the greatest invention of the 20th century and has led to the betterment of life in society (Weinberg, June 2003).
1. Casanova, J. (1994). Public religions in the modern world. Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
This book helps a student to better understand the relation between religion and modernity. The author of the book elaborates the influence religious traditions, especially Islam and Catholicism, has on society.
2. Featherstone, M. (1990). Global culture: nationalism, globalization, and modernity : a Theory, culture &. society special issue. New York: SAGE.
This is an extremely informative book. It helps the student to understand the increased flow of information, ideas, and images on a global level. It also helps one to understand as to whether the internet will lead to unified world culture. It is a scholarly source since the research was done by leading social scientists.
3. Hongladarom, S. (1999). Global culture, local cultures and the internet: The Thai example. AI &. Society Volume 13, Number 4, , 389-401.
The journal article is an informative essay that addresses how and to what extent the Internet brings about homogenization of local cultures in the world. It focuses on the Thai culture. Thorough investigations and interpretations of a Usenet newsgroup in Thailand were carried out and that makes it an academic source.
4. Jeffres, L. W., Atkin, D. J., Bracken, C. C., &. Neuendorf, K. A. (23 Jun2006). Cosmopoliteness in the Internet Age. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication , 1-12.
The journal article is an informative essay that investigates the relationship between cosmopoliteness and new media technology usage. especially the internet. Two surveys were carried out and the results show that most Internet use behaviors are positively associated with cosmopoliteness.
5. Weinberg, H. (June 2003). The Culture of the Group and Groups from Different Cultures. Group Analysis vol. 36 no. 2 , 253-268.
The journal article is an informative essay that addresses how culture influences our social identity and provides a common understanding allowing the social world to have meaning. This is because culture is constituted from several groups with common values.