Thursday, September 3, 2009

Facebook, According to Jean Dobbs in New Mobility Magazine

There's a great article in the current issue of New Mobility Magazine about the place of Facebook in the lives of people with disabilities.

Jean Dobbs begins with, I remember feeling a surge of hope when I read last year that social networking sites had surpassed porn in terms of Internet traffic. Good news, I thought — maybe we aren't doomed to the hedonistic demise predicted by cultural historians. Perhaps this increasingly seductive technology could even deliver us to a finer place: a world with more genuine human connection.

If you read the entire article you'll find insights like this:
What does all this mean for people with disabilities? A lot: Every connection represents an opportunity to break stereotypes, exchange support and reduce isolation. Facebook also offers a free method of publicizing helpful disability organizations, books, products — and the people behind them. Advocates view it as a powerful tool for social change. Throw in the fact that it's just plain fun, and suddenly you have a lively, integrated community that's been hard to achieve in the physical world.

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