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Blogging is Power

by Ana Mihajloska on 2nd July, 2013 at 11:08 AM CEST

As we know, the media is a very powerful tool and one should be very careful wielding it. The popularity of social media especially, has been rising throughout the years, and nowadays, social media is really influential. So, if one uses it for a right cause, a lot of good things can be achieved.

This article will focus only on one aspect of social media, and that is blogging. People blog about different things, and the beauty of it is that blogs are open to anyone, they are free of charge and are a nice way of letting people express themselves in any way they want to.

Recently, a documentary called “Forbidden Voices” caught my attention. It is about how a laptop can bring about a revolution. Namely, a female blogger from Iran was arrested because of her call for women’s equality. She was imprisoned in Tehran, harassed and accused of being a spy.

She told CNN: "In countries like my country, you learn to censor yourself from a very early age and you become good at censoring yourself, unfortunately. The Islamic Republic of Iran makes each of us an example of it because we also censor each other."

What this girl did was raise awareness of her people and make them see things from a different, real perspective, opening their eyes that they live in a totalitarian society where their voices cannot be heard.

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Then, another female blogger from Cuba, wrote on her blog about the suppressing regime in her country, and became so popular that she finally was given a passport after 20 declined applications, and got the chance to go to the White House, where she spoke publicly about the horrible situation in her country.

Yet another blogger, coming from China, was under house arrest together with her little daughter, because she tried to bring the situation in China to the spotlight. Despite of the terrible consequences she suffered, she confirmed the power of words and the fact that a single person CAN make a difference.

"They don't use political propaganda, they don't make speeches, they don't try to change things really aggressively -- they are trying to start a dialogue and I think this is why the world started noticing them," said Barbara Miller, director of "Forbidden Voices"

These women from different cultures and backgrounds refused to be censored, they managed to make people hear their voices and let the world know what was going on in their countries. The fact that the authorities reacted so fiercely and censored their blogs is only a proof of the intensity of these women’s voices.

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"I think blogging is an extremely powerful tool, you can reach the whole world with one voice."

 

Ana Mihajloska, Action Team Writers #11

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

amazinggg.. just loved ur article... with multiple examples... and u r right.. its really boost up for blogger... in today's era people are resources of people..

all started focusing on real sharing of people instead of believing in media which is influence at certain extent... superb one.. loved it Ana.. u r awesome writer.. :) :) :)

2nd July, 2013 @ 4:36 PM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Brilliant write-up Ana. Blogging has truly become a powerful tool for self-expression, exposing social and political ills, fighting injustices and bringing about social change – both on the local and global spheres. And is fast overriding traditional journalism, because blogs are raw and undiluted. And you don’t need a Degree in Journalism to write.

9th July, 2013 @ 4:28 PM CEST

Anthony Wanjala

Anthony Wanjala

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10th July, 2013 @ 5:22 PM CEST

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