recreate social link and solidarity in the social fabric

Nowadays, our western societies have to face this paradoxical problem: On the one hand Individualism have break into the social fabric and is more and more present in every days life; on the other hand people are communicating more via the Internet, mobile phones and other communication technologies. Hyper-connection is meeting loneliness. Barry Wellman's concept of "networked individualism" is helpful to understand that.

But the key point is that Internet and cell phones are very often used as technical prostheses of the institutions and social relations in crisis. They allow to recreate social link but through technology.

The story of Julie L, a 31 homeless mother, is relevant to consider how Internet can solve major problems of our society: Individualism and poverty.

Julie live in Paris with her two children, aged 6 and 2 years old and they have to shift accommodation every time because she doesn't earn enough money with her job to pay for monthly accommodation. She has applied for many months to access to council house in the district where her children go to school but without success. Thereby, she has opened a blog in order to raise 18th district mayor's attention on her situation. She describes how difficult is her everyday life living homeless with two children.

Quickly, she received a lot of kind message of people who were ready to help her, to give clothes and to provide accommodation to the little family. She has found support from a lot of people worldwide. Marion Le Hir de Fallois, offended by Julie's situation decided to become the flagship of her cause and created a petition in order to lobby on the town council so that Julie could access to council house. Thousands of people have signed this petition and some of those have directly written to the mayor to pressure him. And it works! Thanks to these protests, Julie succeeds to get an interview with the mayor.

Internet has given a dramatic and heaven-sent visibility to her cause. She wouldn't have been able to raise so many considerations on her situation without this media. Also, the young women discovered the great solidarity of the blogosphere. Nowadays, solidarities momentum have shift on the Internet.

To go further on that question about how Internet and e-culture can solve social issues, we can considered this video

In San Francisco's Tenderloin district, amid liquor stores and boarded-up buildings, a partnership of nonprofits earlier this month sponsored the first "Tenderloin Tech Day." The half-day workshop was open to anyone in the low-income neighbourhood with a tech problem. CNET's Kara Tsuboi stopped by and chatted with people about their broken laptops, software-less hard drives, and their first-ever Internet experiences.

We can see clearly for example how Internet is helping homeless people to find a job and how open-source software can be really benefited to low-income internet users. I’ve already written something on my blog about these two topics

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