Saturday, June 23, 2012

Together: Stories by Pride & Google+

From the video’s YouTube description: “Pride Toronto and Google+ present ‘Together,’ a series of films by award-winning director Jeff Feuerzeig.” While this two-minute video is interesting in itself, the collaboration with Google+ is what makes this project different from many others. The social network is doing a lot of interesting and innovative things—things that most people don’t seem to know about, yet, anyway. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that they’d be involved.

Social networks, and the Internet generally, make building a political movement so much easier than it was in my activist days, but that means it also makes it easy to build a sense of community, particularly for LGBT people in distant or isolated places who might not otherwise have any community. I think that this is one of the main strengths of the Internet Age, and it’s often enough to outweigh the bad things about the Internet (like the trolls who comment on YouTube videos like this).

This project takes advantage of what the Internet has to offer and connects people by sharing human stories. This is a good thing.

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