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    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    How The Web Makes The World Feel Smaller

    It's interesting to take a step back and consider what the internet has done to the world. News travels at lightning speed, and there are no borders preventing the news from reaching far corners of the earth. We're all exposed to individuals and information we would have otherwise never known about.

    A great example in recent days is Susan Boyle, the 47 year old, unemployed woman from a Scottish village, who made huge waves after some unexpected stellar singing on 'Britain's Got Talent'. Before she stepped onto that stage, she was, and likely would have remained, unknown to the world. Today, thousands of articles are being written about her - collectively, her videos on YouTube have been watched millions of times!

    While this kind of fame may only last moments, it's still a special feeling to get a glimpse into the life of someone you previously didn't know existed. Susan Boyle may be in Scotland, but when you see her sing on YouTube, and you read her interviews on dozens of websites, it really does erase geographical borders, and the world feels that much smaller.

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