Posted on June 2, 2008
Filed Under Commercial Interruptions |
Recently, Robert Scoble lamented the Friend Divide which keeps hundreds of millions of Internet users from getting the most out of the social media experience. He has good reason to worry about the poor souls who simply don’t have enough friends to enjoy services like Twitter.
But Scoble overlooks an even more disturbing fact: there are indigenous groups around the world that have had little to no contact with modern civilization and its technology.
The Mail Online has published an article about one such group that makes its home deep in the rainforest along the border of Brazil and Peru. The photos taken during a helicopter fly-by of the tribe’s village are amazing.
As I read this article, it occurred to me that not only do these poor people have no access to technology and the Internet - they don’t even know what computers and the Internet are!
The nearest store selling computers would require a mythical journey to reach and even if an Apple Store was conviently nearby (say within a few days’ hike), their region has not yet been blanketed with free Wi-Fi.
Let us make no mistake about it: this is an absolute tragedy in a day and age where early adopters (read: modern civilization) have managed to liberate nearly all the late adopters (read: native peoples) from the shackles of a simple, self-sustaining lifestyle.
Unless we do something to help these people, they will never have the opportunity to post their thoughts and experiences to the Internet along with every other connected human being.
They’ll never set up profiles on Facebook and have the ability to poke cutes villager who live in the huts across the way. They’ll never be able to publish blogs about the trials and tribulations of hunting. They’ll never upload videos of spear-throwing contest bloopers to YouTube. They won’t be able to tweet village gossip using Twitter. They won’t be able to access the upcoming Google Maps Rainforest Edition through an iPhone. And access to all of human knowledge via Wikipedia will elude them.
This is unacceptable to me and I hope it is to you too.
I urge my readers and the Web 2.0 community at large to join me in doing something about this travesty.
I am starting an organization called No Tribe Left Behind and am planning an expedition into the heart of the Amazon to deliver technology aid to these needy natives. I am seeking monetary donations that will fund the purchase of computers, laptops, iPods, iPhones and other cool gadgets that will deliver them from the depravities of their pre-technology existence.
It’s time for the Web 2.0 community to put its money where its mouth is. The splendor of technology should be shared freely and equally (kind of like recorded music and Hollywood movies).
Although I have not yet formed a non-profit to accept donations, that should not matter.
Please send checks to:
No Tribe Left Behind
c/o DTO Industrial Holdings SA
Panama City, Panama 0833-0293
Thank you. I look forward to making the world a better place with your help.Print This Post