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I just attended the Diplo webinar Social Media and Diplomacy - the new normal. I’m interested to hear other people’s ideas on two of the issues that came up.
The first is that the speaker, Pete Cranston, suggested that the digital divide is being obliterated – or at least that is my understanding of what was said. While that may be true of the “elite” – his term – and so of the lateral divide, it seems to me that the divide still exists, and may be getting deeper, hierarchically, between (in this case) the diplomats, and the citizens on whose behalf the diplomacy is being carried out. Or is that statement in itself very naïve of me?
The second is that the social media tools are the tools of a networked world and the networked world is global. Surely, then, if competence in the use of these tools is considered to be essential, it must be recognised that the tools are the tools of a global context. An ocean-going yacht has considerable drawbacks as a tool if you intend never to leave the harbour.
Please help me clarify my thoughts.