“Citizenship, as it has been conceived through the history of modern nation-states, no longer has a clear place in the context of the Internet and other global digital media.”
Starting In the 19th Century the modern concept of nation-states was created to designate smaller territories than an empire. Members of the nation-states developed a strong sense of national identity, viewed the world through the angle of their territorial location and cultural concepts, obeyed a central ruler, and were unified by legal and economic regulations. The concept of nation-states still designates the geographical locality in which a unified group of people are politically enclosed. However, the digital era has facilitated global integration because now distant localities form part of the daily life of individuals. Today, businessmen carryout transaction through the internet, children share experiences with “cyber-peers” from a diversity of places, worldwide digital communication is immediate, and each important event is broadcasted on the internet throughout the world as it happens. Then, has the global digital media given birth to new concept of territorial identity, which differs from that of the modern nation-state terminology that came to be in the 19th Century? Certainly digital technology has brought the inhabitants of the Earth together; it has created an awareness that all humans live in the same planet. Nevertheless, cultural individuality has not been lost – more than ever people acknowledge their particular ethnicity but at the same time have a vast comprehension of cultural diversity. Digital technology is embracing a new political- economic society. Joshua Meyrowitz affirms that technology has not made people lose their feeling of locality, yet it has opened the doors to the dynamic participation with far away communities. Digital technology is displaying the world and enabling a dynamic global participation among human beings, therefore, it will change the existing citizenship conception intrinsic to the nation-states regional division to accommodate the new multicultural perception that people have.
The individual regions constituting each nation-state have developed a set of regulations aiming to integrate under a unified control all its members and to put restrictions on foreigners entering their territory. These laws and guidelines touch most central aspects of the inhabitants’ life. Trading and economic issues are areas deeply affected by the measures enforced. Since the technology revolution, people are bombarded with intercontinental information, thus it has deeply impacted the commercial market and the social environment. The world market is now open to everyone that which to participate in it. As a result, nation-states are more prompt to make dialogues and agreements to enhance secure and profitable business transactions. This new business trend has enriched people with a new self-perception. They see themselves as members of a nation, but at the same time as participant of the world. This leads to a new citizenship concept: the person not only has regional responsibilities but also global ones. People are digital citizens of all the world parts they interact with. People now have a global digital citizenship. This citizenship welcomes all the individuals that enter the internet space, regardless of age, gender, race, or any other particular distinction. The digital citizenship has motivated interdependence among people across the world; nation-states in the other hand had a more territorial independence- people only compromised to obey the rules of their authorities. Konica Minolta explain that an inter-world dependency exist today in order to survive as meaningful members of the modern society. Territorial boundaries, that characterized the nation-states, are not banned by global citizenship. The boundaries that politically separate geographical places are a constant reminder in the actual technological community, yet at the same time people have a greater awareness of the cultural diversity outside their frontiers (J. Meyrowitz 2004). Today people have not lost their national identity, but they as well understand that they are part of the larger world across their walls.
In the nation-states people respected the regulations which guaranteed a better living standard within their demarcated area. In past decades, the knowledge of other cultures existed but today everyone has their hand’s reach a detailed account of every place, no matter how distant it is. The digital communication media has expanded people’s living landscape. New laws have been formulated that relate to the problems that arise in the new “digital village”. This set of regulation reflects that a new citizenship is emerging. The digital citizenship demands accepting obligations and responsibilities towards the entire world. Mike Ribble explains on his the book “Becoming a Digital Citizen in a Technological World”, that the internet provides a virtual setting where people can interact with one another and become significantly linked. Accordingly, this given benefit asks for a definite code of conduct. Ribble says, “Anyone using these digital technologies needs to understand the parameters of appropriate use so that they can become more constructive digital citizens.” In reference to this point, it is noticeable that a different concept of citizenship defines people in our day. These guidelines offered, which in certain cases are strict laws, make the cyber navigation secure and advantageous.
Since the internet is available to children, the education system has integrated in the course workload throughout all the school levels classes to train them in the proper management of this complex tool. As the digital technology continues its progressive development, adults have the commitment to make this virtual space safe and convenient for the children that navigate through it. The educator and writer Jason Ohler says, “Our challenge is to find ways to teach our children how to navigate the rapidly moving digital present, consciously and reflectively.” Ohlers states that digital technology has to be integrated into the “general flow of the school.” Schools must see digital technology as an inclusive aspect of the daily school life. The next generation adults need to be considered as respectful citizens of a virtual domain. Mike Ribble has designed a structured format to train people, including y children, in the correct use of digital technology. In is evident that the new digital citizenship concept will outline the interests and commitments of the upcoming generations.
The new digital technology is creating a new business modality, one that is already requiring updated management strategies, as well as pertinent financial and commercial policies to navigate in the interrelate cyber world. For example, Richard Foster  says that often shareholders have a negative perception of the digital business, they believe that: “The explosion of digital media has had a significant impact on the media business, and not in a good way.” Foster, in relation to this negative perception says that the digital media has not demolished the traditional media outlets, but it does call for innovative media companies to the appropriate take measures and undergo the necessary reformation to enter the digital age. One factor that nations must weigh is the need to be integrated in the digital race. The lack of technological progress will be the line separating future political states. In current years the world market and economy are strongly influenced by internet transactions. No longer are commercial enterprises restrained to a specific region, not even to a particular geographical zone. As Konica Minolta expresses, “Technology has not only brought the world closer together, but it has allowed the world’s economy to become a single interdependent system.” Certainly the new communication technology has brought drastic transformation in the business scenario (Technology Source n.d.) since countries separated by long distances are able to share interact commercially. The nation-states notion implies a restricted control of trading boundaries, so the individual or organization involved in digital media commercial endeavors has adopted a global citizenship, which has divergent characteristic that differentiates it from the traditional “nation” concept.
Economic alliances among nations are formulating laws that related to the global spectrum. The rulers of nations, considering the term in its conventional definition, dictated cannons that only regarded their population; when they referred to foreign entities were usually to delimit national security standards. International trading has existed from the time man realized that people lived on the other side of their boundaries, but the new digital commerce represents a whole new commercial approach. From an office someone makes a commercial transaction with someone on the other side of the world. It is important to evaluate the importance of global intellectual property regimes and to have an accurate understanding of global trading agreements (Minolta). As individuals step into the new era of digital communication, the awareness of the global citizenship is undeniable.
National loyalty is a feature that describes nation-state citizenship. People of these societies feel they are emotionally affiliated to their land. Their countries have priority over other territories. Joshua Meyrowitz (2004) explains that modern man has not totally abandoned the territorial loyalty of the past, although people view their position in the world differently. More than ever Meyrowitz says people grasp their regional belonging. The digital media accurately determines the place where each person stands. The new factor introduced, is that people can observe their position and ethnic traits in contrast to that of others. In the past usually people believed that they were the center of the world, today it is known fact that all nation need to interact to survive. Meyrowitz (2004) says, “We now live in glocalities.” As people gain a more precise concept of themselves, and at the same time observe the image of others a new self-concept develops (Meyrowitz 2004). Therefore, people do maintain a cultural perception of who they are. However, the image reflected on the mirror has added attributes that come from the recent global view acquired. Now a “global morality” has emerged (Meyrowitz 2004). Meyrowitz (2004) says that members of this “glocalities” move to distant places, but can keep the links that attach them to it. The digital communication makes possible to continue interacting with those left back home. In past years if people left their homeland important emotional ties were lost due to the lack of communication.
The opportunity to see how people live in other parts of the world motivates a more exact cultural definition of us. Instead of people trading their cultural components for those of others, a cultural amalgam is formed. Some positive or appealing characteristic could be adopted, while others are kept. Consequently, in the new society emerging national has a different tone: cultural diversity is recognized as a reality, but some ethnic traits are strengthened. Citizens can still be incited to defend national rights even when they are not at home. The media outlets provide constant communication from the original places. This is the reason why cultural and religious wars deeply affect modern age societies. A Palestine or Jew can see devastation in their homeland, even when living in Europe or the American continent. The new global citizenship has two faces, the international and the domestic one.
The idea of citizenship has a new definition in the global society; people live in one place but can be emotionally connected to others. Digital technology has brought people together, it can be said that it has helped to unify families and cultural groups. Today people are resident of one place but their emotional attachments and compromises are in in other countries. It is not the same as the past longing for the original homeland, because before digital technology people could not be constantly informed of the events happening on the other side. Time after they left the original home grounds, the passionate feelings of nationality was forgotten. Can this happen today? No, people remain linked to their previous surroundings. On TV, radio, internet, and all media broadcasting channel they can see images to related to their cultural roots. Maybe the concept of citizenship implied the nation-states demanded more patriotic feelings towards the land where people lived. Nowadays, a person can be living in China in direct contact with Puerto Rico. Digital technology has created a distinct line between the citizenship of the place where someone resides and citizenship of the original backgrounds, and citizenship of our global village.
The digital media outlets present the common land of all human beings. This is the idea behind global citizenship, to have everyone making the Earth a better place. People must visualize that the in the planet everything is interrelated, therefore the incident affecting one nation most surely affect others. The limited view of citizenship has to be broadened with the advances of modern technology. People can have cultural attachments to their ethnic groups, but the responsibility towards the welfare of all humans should guide their path they take in life. The various media companies worldwide are taking action to prompted world understanding. For example, NBC News in 2010 launched a campaign promoting digital technology understating among the population, it specially centered on educating youth to handle digital media to their advantage.
Citizenship cannot be perceived under the same light as it has been conceived in the modern nation-states notion. The digital media has generated a new communication era; this era has a different view of the world and personal responsibilities. People are seen as interconnected pieces essential to the larger picture. The easiness to carry out intercontinental trading has pushed the formation of laws to control these activities. The market is exposed in a global manner, permitting anyone that navigates the internet to perform a transaction overseas. Now more than ever commercial laws must take into account the global interaction that exists. In the nation-states citizenship was very much restricted to a piece of land governed by one ruler, the scenario is another one today. Careful international agreements and regulations are constantly been created to assure that digital village is a safe place to have commercial relations. The educational system has to the commitment to teach children the accurate use of communication technology. This way, they will grow up understanding their privileges and responsibilities of being global citizens. Media companies are doing their part of the job by providing programs and awareness campaigns directed to youngsters. The school systems are also capacitating their teachers to promote digital citizenship in the classrooms. Children have to know that the world market is open to everyone, but citizens must respect the regulations placed. In the virtual space there are laws, if broken penalties are enacted (Jane Zahner 2009). Cultural distinctions apparently are not that easily barred, but as people interact more in a cultural diverse setting the more comprehensive is their outlooks on human differences. Undoubtedly, the media transformation has spurred new political concept of the world. The global digital media has changed the concept of citizenship conceived in the modern nation-states, people now have the opportunity to see how the world progress in a wide range screen. With the new global perception of humanity, people now observe their own image in a global mirror.
 In this book by M. Ribble, “Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century” , the rules of the correct intern usage are given:
 Richard Foster, Senior Faculty Fellow School of Management, Yale University
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