Got a Minute To Fix Urban America?

Connecting the denizens with their representatives is one of the foundations of democracy, and currently one of the best ways a citizen can communicate his problems, issues and concerns is through a town hall meeting. However, to be able to attend town hall meetings, you will have to dedicate the time and the energy to do so and hence only the people who are truly affected by an issue, or are on the polar extremes of it, end up making it to the town hall meeting.

Therefore, instead of establishing a calm environment for discussion and achieving a representative opinion on an issue, we have a very likely situation in which the debate is reduced to screamed sound bites.

Got a Minute?

To tackle this issue and to be gather a more representative opinion on issues concerning the urban citizens of the United states, the Give a Minute! Campaign has been lunched in Chicago at the end of December with plans to spread to Memphis, NY and San Jose.

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Stephen Fry: Impressive Reflections on Social Media [videos]

The other day I stumbled upon an interesting video interview of Stephen Fry – the famous British actor, writer, comedian, author, television presenter and film director – talking about social media. In the interview, Stephen addressed several issues related to social media and its impact on us and on our social evolution as human beings. His view on things is quite interesting, which led to this article.

Social Qualities of the Web Generation

There is always this pre-judgment imposed on the current generation of youth and the impact of social media on our children in regards to their social development and the long times spent daily on the web. While some may focus on the negative aspects that comes with every new technology, Stephen Fry believes – and I agree with him - that our youth have much better qualities than they used to be in the 1920′s. He claims that “If you take an ordinary semi-educated 15 years old from the 1920′s and compare him to a semi-educated 15 years old now, you would find that the one now knows more, understands more, is more socially confident, more able, and more aware of the rest of the world.“.

To prove his points, Stephen points out his many online relationships with which some are very young. He talks about a 12 years old young girl who astonished him of her knowledge of literature, especially knowing Evlyn Waugh (a famous English writer), reading all his books and having intelligent views about his novels.

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