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Humanism, Technological Advance, Globalization, and Cultural Milieu


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/06/23

WalesOnline reported on the increases in divisiveness and inteolerance spreading over the globe.

This has a number of co-occurring factors and influences. One of the big ones is the increased proliferation of communications technologies and the development of science implemented in technology.

These combined can increased the efficiency of physical and informational travel. That creates a world more global, smaller to transmit information or travel from point-to-point.

“In a world of increasing intolerance and division, a world undergoing dramatic change due to technological advance and globalisation, it is sometimes easier to become entrenched in narrow beliefs,” WalesOnline stated, “and to ignore the expanse of thought and imagination that there is in the world and the commonality of libertarian belief that there is in the world whether that be related to a belief in God or a rational belief in none.”

The article continues to argue in favour of humanism, noting its foundation as a long-term tradition for the free thought community. That has been a source of inspiration for some of the great minds and thinkers in the history of the world.

That is, it also created the foundation for the affirmation of the scientific revolution or empirical revolution more precisely.

The reportage explained, “Humanism is ethical; it affirms the worth and dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others.”

As noted in an earlier article, but this also extends into the entertainment world where the technological advancements, communications technologies infusions, and globalization of culture show themselves in full force, the cultural milieu has moved from the local to the global.

Majalla Magazine provided some insight into this. It talked about the creative performances of the night. The renditions of various music hits and the ways in which this was “broadcast int millions of American homes.”

It is interesting to note that statement. Something not possible centuries ago. Technology permits the closeness of and pervasiveness of shared experience. That forms a basis for humanism, non-explicit — quiet, in the veins of the society.

There were speeches and talks about diversity and representation of peoples not typically seen on the scene decades before, where the venues were blocked from them. Not these people as individuals alone, but also people who look like them, diversity and representation does not by necessity reduce the need for talent.

Talented people from a broad range of backgrounds.

The importance of diversity and representation was underlined repeatedly throughout the night. Even so-called trivial social media technology showed other items of interest, the article reported.

“Along with the politics and pathos, threads of whimsy, humor and hope wove through the proceedings on the heels of the hashtag #TonyDreaming,” It stated, “At the invitation of Groban and Bareilles, fans tweeted images of themselves engaged in theater, often at very young ages, and mostly looking earnest and hopeful. The results were projected here and there throughout the night, reminding viewers at home, and the famous faces in the room, of the power of theater to unite, even as it celebrates difference.”

Difference and unity, technology and culture sent to millions for a shared experience, this gives an impression of a silent humanism on the air, riding technology’s waves, and over the world’s shared airwaves.


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