Internet revolutionizing the Middle East

Arabic translation for Creative Commons licenses

As Jessica Dheere states, there is no reason why having more bloggers involved in stories means they are going to get further and more population will actually listen. But what the digital media really does is spread the word quickly and effectively. We have all lived it in a certain way or format. People have posted comments or photos that have gone viral and reached unexpected distances all around the World. This is what’s happening with the digital activism in the Arab countries. They reclaim for free speech and during this they get sent to prison or vastly punished for it, however they don’t give up and the word spread all around the World to the point that we have become conscious of what’s happening.

The most shocking part is that the government tries to stop it by blocking social networks like Facebook in Tunisia, or the vast censorship that is happening around these countries. However the population is so keen on finding a solution that they find various tactics to pass these limitations and reach far as they are doing right now.

I completely agree with Jessica’s article as the main right that everyone should have no matter what their occupation is should be the right to speak freely about whatever you want, giving opinions. There shouldn’t be a specific way to write or specific topics to comment on, the idea of being a blogger is to be able to express your thoughts and feeling to the whole World.

I don’t think being a journalist is something negative; however I just see them as two different jobs. Many people criticize the bloggers as they think that they are taking over the journalism, however in my opinion this is completely a wrong idea as it is two very different ways to see reality. Journalism is meant to be done in an objective way so the reader can be presented with the issue and the solution to that issue. On the other hand, the bloggers just give opinions which are also helpful for the reader but it is only from one point of view.

Internet revolutionizing the Middle East

2 thoughts on “Internet revolutionizing the Middle East

  1. janakornely says:

    I agree with Dheree’s and your argument that there is a fundamental difference between bloggers and journalists, I think most people have agreed on that a while ago. If at all, a blogger comes closest to a columnist in a newspaper, but not an objective journalist (if such a thing as truly objective reporting exists, but that’s a whole different issue). That doesn’t mean that people cannot be both, you can write a newspaper article one day and post something on your blog the next day, but the process of writing is likely to be different. I guess one can say that bloggers often present only one side, but I guess that is not necessarily true. Maybe one engages in digital activism as a countermove to government controlled, biased media. In that case the strategy might be to present and contrast all the different sides and opinions. In those cases it is rather the blogger, not the journalist, who does trustworthy reporting. A benefit of online media is that you can often link directly to the sources you got your information from (in online blogs as well as news), which makes it easier for readers to form an opinion about the article. As we all know “I read it on the internet, so it must be true” is not a good argument!

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  2. gabmaria93 says:

    Maria, I really appreciated your blog post, “Internet Revolutionizing the Middle East.” I continue to feel that digital activism/blogging is such an amazing tool that continues to create a big impact around the world, specifically in Arab countries. Though in the past, and still occurring in some overly repressive countries today, there has been heavy government control of these tools, and yet bloggers continue to write despite these limitations. This act alone illustrates how important free speech is. Bloggers, in Arab countries, give such an important view, an active and immersed view of what is going on in these countries. They should freely be able to speak (write) about these problems, as we should readily and urgently feel the need to listen and be aware of the matters at hand.

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