It was interesting to see how bloggers in the Middle East are in a way more motivated than other parts of the world. The people trust bloggers than they do the journalist. Even though the government is doing what they can to stop the bloggers they are more reliable because they voice their true positions regardless of government ideologies and threats. They know that they can be punished for doing so, but they do it anyway; this allows them to become a reliable source of information for the people. They are seen as activist rather than journalist and use that power to advocate their cause local and internationally as well as bring people together.
An example of a blogger would be Bassel. He is praised for his activism through technology but was taken away. The article takes about his own personal build up to become an activist through media. He developed a skill and shared it with the Arab world, but the government saw that as a threat, just like they see large gatherings as a threat. Even though his intentions weren’t to directly attack the government, the service he provided for the public was enough for a red flag to go up.
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.