Social networking breeds ideas and ideas breed innovation. Just look at the web tools that we now can use as a part of the social networking environment promoted on the web:
- Newsvine is a place for people to post news stories they think are interesting and they can write their own articles on topics in the news.
- PopURLs and Original Signal are sites that help users keep track of what’s new and interesting in the world of web 2.0.
- Squidoo is a place where anyone can be an expert on a topic of interest.
These are all sites that promote social networking and I hazard to guess that they wouldn’t exist without the world of social networking to help promote the exchange of ideas and the ability to connect to people with similar interests
Teaching children and teens to be innovative thinkers is something that we as a society should want to promote. The passing of DOPA would make it more difficult to provide teens with some of the tools they could use to become innovative thinkers.