Blogging Voices Essential Themes
In amazing ways the electronic medium dissolves barriers between cultures, countries, and people. Very little evil can be done in the world and remain hidden without being brought to justice; for example blackvoices blogs about domestic abuse, jewishsurvivors discusses sexual abuse and assault, pflagblog speaks out against hate crimes and for equality on a global scale.
In countries such as Egypt, one in nine people have Internet access and are using blogs to speak up about revolutionary political issues, as well as a large contingency on Facebook. Less developed societies are absorbing elements of advancing cultural evolution with the blink of an eye.
In his sojourner blog, Michael Warden describes culture as the “organism within the structure of the organization,” such as the culture within the structure of the U.S. government. He also suggests that culture “inherently resists change...even when that change is for the better, and individuals within the culture want the change to happen.”
Never in history has freedom of speech been so prevalent and accessible as it is today worldwide. The Internet, and blogging in particular, has given voice to the voiceless and created a true vote of, by, and for the people - affirmed by sheer numbers as to what is important and essential, as we move through Earth’s landscape towards humanity’s future.
Conscience, ethics, compassion, heart, vision, hope, creativity, criticism, and wonder exist everywhere, often addressed by writers, artists, musicians, and leaders throughout history - yet today people in all walks of life are stepping up to the plate. The playing field is leveled by pseudo-anonymity, and it is the game played through the wide-angle lens of blog mania, journaling, babbling, and commenting freely with fire and inspiration on themes central to the human heart.
2.2 Billion Cell Phones Worldwide
According to cnet News, in a current world population of 6.77 billion, 2.2 billion have cell phones worldwide, expected to reach 3 billion by the end of 2009. A shopping blog reports that China had one billion cell phone subscribers last year. The UN estimates cell phones to be used by 50% of the world’s population.
Publish something — anything — online and you have the opportunity to reach an incredibly huge audience: one-third the global population (remember, a cell phone is not just a cell phone any more; often an electronic device with characteristics of a mini-computer).