Thanks to the invention of the internet, we are more connected to each other than ever. Through email, social media and online news outlets, we are able to share and receive information in a timely manner. Someone living in St. Lucia is able to receive information about the latest scientific breakthrough in India almost instantly. People are able to keep up with local and international news and get updates as they happen.

The most modern method for sharing information is via social media. Websites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are becoming more and more popular as they join us together in one global network. When we hear the word ‘viral’ we no longer think of an infection. Instead we automatically associate the word with the quick spreading of information. Usually, viral information travels across the globe in  only a matter of a few days or even hours.

Alyan (left) and brother

Alyan (left) and brother

Most recently, the photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach, shocked the world. He and his brother had drowned as his family tried to flee to safety from the war currently going on in Syria, after being denied legal migration to Canada. His is not the only tale of tragedy. The UN estimates that there will be 4.27 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015. The viral image brought attention to the crisis and caused justified outrage among the people of the world. Now Western governments can no longer ignore the problem and some have even started to take in refugees. Had it not been for the power of the internet, the photo of Alyan Kurdi may never made the impact that it did and may never have prompted the response of the governments worldwide that it had.

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