Online Trends: Building a Better Planet

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You know that long-running Twix commercial where the guy and girl are at a party and he tries to lure her to his apartment, saying, “I thought you were someone who wanted to blog about your ideals” and she replies: Oh, blogging! I LOVE blogging!”?

That commercial shows that Madison Avenue is aware of a trend online: the marriage of political activism and the blogosphere.

A connected trend: online communities forming and coming together to build a better planet — to think green, go green, work green, and engage in charitable acts that will have a domino-effect of postive change and compassion.

It might seem contrary to what being online is: solitary people alone at a computer, alone in a room or office, seeking to connect with faceless people who may not be who and what they claim.

Yet it is happening all over cyberspace, with grass-roots organizations, non-profits, communities that are local, national, and global in their scope: and a good many of these online communities have agressive goals to change the world, and change it for the better.

Take a look at the group Anonymous — “up to 10,000 members,” one member recently told the New York Times. These are people all over the world, many whom have never met and never will; they have banded under the name “Anonymous” and engage in activists activities that, while questionable to the mainstream, is a fine example of how the solitary  aure of being online can transform into a global group effort.

Steve Addison’s book Movements That Change the World is a must-read, to see how pre-internet communities put up the good fight to build a better planet. Addison focuses on ministry work, which brings up another trend: the online ministry.

Lately, we have noticed the uprise of online ministries, where people of certain faiths, seperated by miles, state lines, and nations, can come together, meet, discuss issues, and answer calls to action.

There are many ways for like-minded individuals to gather online: news groups, blog rings, chat rooms, and social media websites — such as Planet Illogica.

And that, of course, is the goal of Planet Illogica: for like-minded folks, in this case artists of all stripe, to find each other, realize mutual goals and aspirations, collaborate, and effect change: the change could be personal, such as creating something that fulfills a goal or makes money, or the change can be communal: something that benefits an organization, church, movement, or assembly.

Planet Illogica (and other web sites in the same vein) exist for people to find each other and come together, to share ideas, ideals, art and philosophy, to promote collaboritive art and the formation of what could be tomorrow’s trends and fads.

Without sites like Planet Illogica, and the technology that makes it possible, and the imaginations of those behind the project, numbers of people would not find each other, know that the other existed, and many new concepts and works of art, or movements to build a better planet, would not have the chance to germinate and grow.

So — have you signed up to join the Planet Illogica community yet?  Now’s the time!

Just click here.

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