Posts tagged ‘FreeSpeech’

SOUNDS LIKE OPEN SOURCE TO ME

“I was really taken by how genuine and pure they are. I’ve never met any group of people, in any walk of life, who are so true to themselves. It’s not about money, or fame, or how they are perceived by the public or the media — it’s all about the waves, and a love of the sport. I was also fascinated by the diverse personalities, about as radical a difference as you can find, and how a single purpose brought them all together.”

Katherine Clark ,El Granada Realtor and former owner of the Road House Cafe in Princeton Harbor, was speaking about surfers. She may as well have been speaking about people who work in open source.

Feb/2009 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

BLOGGING-THE POWER OF WORDS

I am so passionate about blogs and I believe so much in the potential of blogging that I wasn’t sure I would be able to accurately articulate what I really wanted to say. I worried about sounding silly or naive. Well-no guts, no glory. Here goes:

Each of us has a voice but sometimes that voice is just a whisper. Blogging amplifies.

Think of a world of citizen-journalists. Think of everyone communicating and connecting. We begin to understand each other. Our commonalities will eliminate xenophobia. What divides us becomes less important than what connects us. We become more humanistic.

Suddenly the world becomes a much smaller place.

Think of a moment of bravery. A click of a cell phone camera. Posting from that phone to a blog. A matter of seconds, a deep breath. Your identity is shielded. It’s like having secret super powers. You are not exposed but because of you, and others like you, there will be no more iron curtains, bamboo curtains and barbed-wire borders. Hell, there won’t be any more glass ceilings.

The world becomes a much safer place.

Blogging is a conversation. People find each other and form groups and communities. These begin to overlap. We begin to think globally. Differences dissolve. Bloggers form social networks. Lost friends and even families are reconnected. You realize that you are not alone. There are other people like you out there. There are lots of people like you out there! You find your peers, your tribe.

The world becomes a friendlier place.

We should spend our money on spreading the internet instead of spreading war. The most remote village should have internet connection, a computer and a way to communicate with the outside world. This should be the new gathering place, the new lodge or campfire. The whole village should be invested and understand what it represents. Information is power. Knowledge is empowering. Words are so very powerful. The more wired we are, the less isolated people are. We can begin to stop genocide, suicide, poaching, hacking of rain forests, polluting, slave traders, the exploitation of children.

The world becomes more aware, less political and more proactive. We begin to heal.

It costs nothing to set up a WordPress blog. It takes just a few minutes. You can choose to be anonymous. You can create a whole new persona. Or you can actually become the person that you always wanted to be.

You can do a wiki to run a business or to connect people, supplies and first responders during a disaster. We saw this during the 2004 tsunami.

Or you can simply reach out with your words. Words can be weapons. We all remember a negative comment from our childhood that has stayed with us forever since.

But words can also be weapons in a warrior/angel kind of way. They can fight city hall. They can call attention to corruption or government waste. They can hold people accountable for their actions.

Words can soothe a child. Words can heal a broken heart. But they are a double edged sword.

You have a choice to add to the noise and chaos or you can hack away at the ugliness and lies. With blogging you have the ability to reach the truth that shines at the heart of every thing. Try transparency. Throw open the windows and doors and illuminate the dark corners. Be a positive force for change in this world. Hurry! We don’t have much time and there is so much to do.

Be brave. Begin to blog.

The world is waiting.

ADDENDUM- To learn more about blogging anonymously go to Global Voices. http://globalvoicesonline.org/

Continue Reading Feb/2009 at 5:23 am 3 comments


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