DigiActive is starting to sound like the number one source to release your feelings, state the facts, and share with the world the information that is happening internally within ones country, especially Beirut. In the article, Jessica Dheere states, “Despite the fact that they live under repressive regimes-or perhaps because of it-these individuals may be the next iconic defenders of free speech, not just in the Arab world but around the globe.” I believe that this was a big step for a lot of these activist because having the ability to join forces together and brain storm ideas to protest and get the citizens active within the community is a big step for countries like Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, and etc.
Additionally, after reading this article and understanding that people want Bloggers to behave more like journalists because “it would be easier to protect,” is in my opinion true. But I don’t think its something that should happen at all because Bloggers create a much greater dent and impact on society, from arranging protests/meetings, to thoroughly researching a topic and telling the story so everyone can know about it. Obviously Journalist strike similar traits, but being a journalist requires professionalism and censorship. While Bloggers, there is no holding back. Which is in fact why people like Mohammed Erraji was sentenced to two years in prison. He continued to break the line of speaking freely and did not care for the consequences or at least he never thought they would be so harsh.
In closing, I have a personal question I wish to ask any of you reading this blog….Its obvious protest, blogging, and organized groups are the key to elements to together in countries like Egypt. But its obvious still that change isn’t going to come anytime soon. What do you think is the next step to helping the people (Ex. Egypt) the ability to have more Human Rights, Freedom of Speech, and peace within? The Second Revolution? External Countries getting involved and fighting along the citizens? America cutting Egypt off?