I thought both articles were very informative and I enjoyed the way they were written. The Article Arab Bloggers Meet to Discuss Free Speech, Reject ‘Journalist’ Label by Jessica Dheere was very captivating to me. The article discusses the roles played in digital activism. Many of the worlds top leading digital activists come from Northern Africa and the Middle East. This defiantly is not unanticipated given the fact that these countries are ruled by very repressive regimes. It is remarkable that so many men and women are willing to risk their lives and their families lives in order to get the truth out to the world. Its fortunate that we live in a place now where individual’s thoughts, experiences, ideas, and facts can all be shared in seconds with the rest of the world. Social media is extremely powerful but must be used in the right way for the correct outcome to happen.
The article discusses the difference between bloggers and actual journalist. It brings up the question can bloggers be taken as seriously as journalist? Its interesting because I have thought about this question before and it makes me wonder. I appreciate what the article says about people wanting to blog about the truth and not conform to journalistic “code of conduct” however at the same time we also have to keep in mind that everyone has their own opinions and agendas when it comes to the news. I do think blogging is extremely important and as we have studied one can see what bloggers have done for the Middle East and the sheer impact it has made. I do think many journalists have lost a lot of their integrity and the job isn’t what it used to be. The five major news companies in America are owned by the same person, Rupert Murdoch who basically controls what is being show and what is being said.
The article also discusses why bloggers feel that they are not just journalist because they are not just reporting what is going on instead they are taking action and having an active role in what is happening. They facilitate change and solidarity rather then just regurgitate what is being said. The Bloggers are behind what is happening helping the people of the world. I really liked this article and it made me want to become an digital activists.