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Swedish futurologist: Latvia could become a social experiment site

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By popularizing itself over the internet, Latvia could become a ‘green’, young people’s or other small society’s social experiment site, says Swedish economist, futurologist and ‘internet culture’ researcher Alexander Bard.

Bard, who was once a member and producer of the Army of Lovers Swedish pop-music ensemble, noted that Latvia needs to present its international image. One way to do so – is to offer a place where new communities form, restoring and expanding the notion of family and tribe.

When analysing internet communities, it was concluded that the most stable ones consist of 40-160 members, which fully adheres to the classic meaning of the word tribe, Bard said. By gathering this many supporters, one can form a so-called electronic tribe within the internet, as well as create ‘temporary utopias’ outside of the internet, which often survives long enough to reach specific goals.

Such communities can be based on ecological household principles or even religious principles similar to those governing traditional cloisters, Bard said. “There are only two ways how people can be close and intimate – playing with or raising children or having sex,” – said the researcher and lecturer. He notes people need to find a new way to strengthen each other’s spiritual closeness and mutual trust.

Bard, who exposited his radical ideas to media representatives, has never heard anything regarding Latvians’ conservatism and their generally negative reaction to proposals that contradict traditional family values.

A positive element of the image of Baltic States, according to Bard, was the co-operation of Scandinavian and Estonian programmers in the creation of Skype. “Since then, Baltic countries are generally taken more seriously,” – internet researcher said.

Answering the question about the future of internet, Bard said there will soon be ‘electronic communities’ with limited access. This kind of tendency has a number of reasons. First of all – people will try to distance themselves from large flows in information and different ‘trash’, currently noted in high quantities on the net. Secondly, young people are becoming more concerned about their personal life and making sure their personal data does not end up in the hands of the governments and large international corporations.

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  1. JPR says:

    Mr Army of Lovers??? Get real!

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