Wednesday, 26 September 2007

The Power of the Blog

People often speak about how Internet access is giving a voice to the common man, but I've often wondered how useful that actually is. Let's face it, regular blogs (like mine), other than giving me a place to sound off about things that interest me, don't make any real difference to the world.

I'm not proud of that, but it is a fact.

That isn't to say that blogs can't make a difference, especially in places like Burma where freedom of speech doesn't exist. The Burmese people don't have an independent news service - everything is controlled by the government. Or at least it was until the Internet arrived. Now people are able to send videos, photos and send messages from Internet cafes and let the outside world know exactly what is going on.

We've got to hope that the Internet cafes stay open and that the news keeps flowing. I've got to admit the current news reports of the Burmese military raiding Buddhist monasteries doesn't sound too hopeful for a peaceful resolution to all this.

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