Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Facebook: Social Network: Freedom: The Word?

A few months ago, a friend said, "Facebook is just a social network". At the time, this friend could not see what all the "buzz" was about. I wonder if he is beginning to understand.

The attached article tells how Facebook is helping bring freedom to the oppressed. While the article goes on to say that words can be used for evil as well as for good and that shining the light on a problem is only part of solving the problem, we all know the power of words.

Around 1830, Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote the memorable phrase, "The pen is mightier than the sword". A similar phrase, "The tongue is mightier than the blade", may have mistakenly been credited to Euripides who died in 406BC. (Wikipedia info.) No matter, the power of words has been documented for millennium.

The Gospel of John certainly tells us about the power of God's Word. A less familiar statement is written in Hebrews 4:12 "Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart."

The automatic rebuttal; "Is Facebook the Word of God?".

The answer is, "It depends on us".

in reference to:

": “These technologies paired with effective methodologies can help organizations make significant contributions toward advancing the democratic process in authoritarian states.”"
- Facebooking for Freedom » The Foundry (view on Google Sidewiki)

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