In the ethical point of view


Carlos Roxo and Gonçalo Costa (Lisbon)


Our goal with this paper, is related to the influence of the Internet on the young people of the not occidentalized countries. This analysis will try to reflect the opposite “feelings” that the young people of those countries have inside of them, which means what are the consequences of the Internet and its use in the life of those young people, because many of them have a different life concepts of the western young people.

This life concept is clearly a result of the historical, cultural and social environment, and most of the times totally different from the ideas, that are bounded of the Internet (environment that is related to the occidentalized countries). Is this “fight” that we will analyse, how the youngsters of those countries deal with the information that have access through the Internet.

How many times is it possible to the youngster survive in that daily struggle, between the values of their ancestors, and the values showed by this window that let us see the world. The layers in Indian society are clearly an example of this situation, because only the top layers have access to the benefits of trading ideas with other cultures and how the youngsters of this layers feel about it, since Internet is a “way” to change society (one of the main issues of our paper).

These explanations will be based in several examples, like the Indian society represented by the “conflict” lineage/ideas bounded by the Internet; like the internal struggle in China, with the socialist model and the islands of development in that country that adopt almost the capitalism model, and in that way how the young Chinese people of those regions feel about it, and other several examples, according with the bibliography.

It is common knowledge that Internet is the “mainstream” of new ideas, business, health, almost everything, but specially the “mainstream” of information of the different societies that exist and how the “cultural shock” between cultures, specially the western/eastern, north/south cultures and how the young people of the not occidentalized countries are influenced. The paper will not discuss the influence of the Internet in the youngsters of the occidentalized countries, because those youngsters are starting to have a global and similar culture.

That similar culture is a reality because of the globalisation, the values of the societies, which they belong, based on democratic values, the respect of human rights, and several others issues.