Did Facebook give identity to millions of people?

This is a question I would like to ask all of you. Apart from the networking deluge that social media caused, becoming a virtual internet by itself, did it also along the way serve a useful social purpose? That of putting a face, and giving a palpable identity to millions of people, in all corners of the world, who otherwise would have struggled in their restricted spaces. That it served a latent but all too powerful desire to be known and seen in public. Faces that we would otherwise never have seen. ...
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Is there an Information Tsunami on the horizon?

A few thoughts on the go. Before the internet there was print, and media publications gave us most of the content we consumed. There were distinct producers and consumers of information, the latter most of us. And then a revolution occurred: the user became a generator of information. Through blogs, forums, mailing lists, comments and websites. Add to the above – organisations becoming producers of loads of information. Digital made it cheap. It made it available to anyone with access or connection. So we had an information overload. Which means limits of how much can be produced and consumed in the time available. Now the natural processes of adjustments obviously kick in. So we get three things: Creative content that stands out, greater user selection for limited time, and much greater obsolescence. The more the quantity, the greater the junk. There is obviously no recycling of information here. Everyday we can have new content created, and the unused info sinks into the digital trash pile of search...
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