Will world peace always be a “Utopian” dream? Is open unrestricted communication, amongst different cultures and across unlimited boarders, the way to achieve world peace? Are social media platforms and services slowly paving the path to a better, more peaceful tomorrow for all?
World peace is a concept which all religions call for and yet seems to be almost unachievable taking into consideration the vast variety of global issues and world wide problems we are facing every single day at an incremental rate!
In theory, world peace is “an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations and/or peoples. It is the professed ambition of many past and present world leaders.” Leaders aside, there seems to be a great power which accompanies a greater responsibility when it comes to nations and their peoples. Enter the role of social media.
Through monitoring my followers’ updates, I was quite shocked to find out that probably all of their tweets were utterly unbiased and even more so of an understanding and forgiving nature. Most of my followers actively try, continuously, to spread advice, tips and words of love, peace, awareness, motivation and unity although their ages, ethnicity, race, backgrounds, social status, traditions and country of origin may widely differ.
I was intrigued to find out more, therefore, through Twitter search, I made an effort to look for some of the global controversial topics using keyword search in efforts to see if what my followers are doing applies to every other Twitter user or not.
I searched a few hundred tweets for certain sensitive and racist keywords and our humble results were impressive:
- Even though the top 10 countries using Twitter have nothing to do with Iran or the Middle East, the topic of Iran’s Election was (and still is) one of the most trending topics on Twitter for more than 3 weeks in a row!
- Only 2 of the top ten countries on Twitter are Muslim, yet racism against Islam is merely around 1 – 2%, keeping in mind that according to Alexa’s ranking information about Twitter.com, less than 10% of the countries that access Twitter are of Muslim majority.