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Old 07-12-2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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Greatest Unifying Moment

What do you think has been the greatest unifying moment for all peoples?


I was watching a DVD of the Apollo 11 mission. When they landed, it seemed that all people forgot about their differences and watched in awe as man reached the moon.

Has it happened before? Will it happen again?
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I think that might have been it. People all over the globe watched the same thing. Amazing.
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Possibly the Berlin Wall coming down...?
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Old 07-12-2004, 09:58 PM   #4
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The vast majority of people in the world did not have a TV when the first man landed on the moon.
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I agree with the wall coming down.
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Hands down "The Macarena"! Everyone danced that dance.
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And now a lot of people can't stand it. So that's unifying!
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LOL ^^^^.

The one that pops into my mind at this moment is back when I watched that "Tribute To Heroes" thing a couple weeks after 9/11. There was this part in there that showed places around the world that were mourning with us. The whole world kinda seemed to be calm for a moment. It was really nice.

Can't say I'd disagree with the wall coming down, either. .

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Re: Greatest Unifying Moment

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What do you think has been the greatest unifying moment for all peoples?
The internet.

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I don't think there is one. 'The whole world stood still/watched/laughed/choose your superlative' is utter bollocks.

I doubt most of Africa gave two shits about the moon landing. Or the Beatles, or whatever other baby boomer 'moment' we're supposed to be getting excited about.

Melon, the Internet is a good suggestion, but it's also a tool for mass conspiracy (eg. al quada) so I dunno about unifying moment. I love the Internet but it sometimes seems to me that it's a living example of the phrase 'misery loves company'.
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There isn't one. What people usually mean when they ask this question is "what united people living in the West" not "what united all people?" Certainly a man landing on the moon might have been something which people in the West were fascinated by, but the majority of people living in south-east Asia or sub-Saharan Africa won't have been aware that it was happening, much less thought it was a unifying moment for humankind.

With regard to the internet, I think sometimes there's a tendency, as there is with globalization as a whole, to overestimate its influence. The internet has been influential to those who have access to it, but we shouldn't forget that a large proportion of the world's population don't have access to a telephone line, nevermind a computer and the internet.
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out of the various options, the one by NBC is greatest unifying moment..

give me more options
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There isn't one. What people usually mean when they ask this question is "what united people living in the West" not "what united all people?" Certainly a man landing on the moon might have been something which people in the West were fascinated by, but the majority of people living in south-east Asia or sub-Saharan Africa won't have been aware that it was happening, much less thought it was a unifying moment for humankind.

With regard to the internet, I think sometimes there's a tendency, as there is with globalization as a whole, to overestimate its influence. The internet has been influential to those who have access to it, but we shouldn't forget that a large proportion of the world's population don't have access to a telephone line, nevermind a computer and the internet.
This is why I didn't take my answer seriously, because I don't think is anything. I think Melon may be onto something, the internet may be the closest we have. Although there are many who don't have access the power of the internet still reaches out to them, for example take a look at what the internet is doing for Africa, it's allowing many that wouldn't have the info or the means to do something...it's probably the closest we have right now.
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There isn't one. What people usually mean when they ask this question is "what united people living in the West" not "what united all people?" Certainly a man landing on the moon might have been something which people in the West were fascinated by, but the majority of people living in south-east Asia or sub-Saharan Africa won't have been aware that it was happening, much less thought it was a unifying moment for humankind.
As you progress further from information sources, you will naturally see a decline in awareness. We forget that in the 1960's, most peoples got their information by radio, not by the fancy televisions we have today. The reach of the radio reports was fairly large.

I see the internet as a tool, not as something that would give us one focus.
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