2014. 10. 03.

One honest interior monologist

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Just wondering...

What blogging means to me? In addition this is the most cost-effective way of self-expression.

We all can be a one person media.

While the media mogul Rupert Murdoch truly believes that economic and/or political power is needed to achieve the classic Habermasian public sphere, new developments suggest that the internet in general and the social media in particular have challenged old rules. We have more media than ever, with a plethora of corporate, public, independent and online sources to choose from. We have created a kind of online agora. The access key is e-literacy. E-literacy that allows the individual to access, to organise, to understand, to evaluate and to analyse information using digital technology, and the community to bridge the digital divides that constitute some of the major social cleavages today.

According to one approach, ideal democracy is one where individuals are able to gather and to share news and views, improve cooperation, develop consensus, and find common values that societal understanding can be based on.

No democratic society can functions unless individuals can standing up for their opinions without fear.

Democracy and community must go hand in hand, and the development of the modern community, which has been stricken by the rise of modernity and the technological means that have distanced individuals from one another, may only come about through the means of a digital democracy. However, e-literacy must include – beyond the technological capacity to use new media – a an understanding of how new media can improve cooperation and consensus building, how it c an promote emancipation and empowerment, rather than enhance social cleavages, political polarisation, hate speech, and discrimination.

Digital democracy bears a real possibility that responsible bloggers can help to break through the walls of ignorance and apathy created by physical and geographical separation across countries, continents and classes. It is my belief is that blogging and the internet, including Web 2.0, are the cornerstones of the modern community. Blogging, at its core, is an individual describing truth, expounding opinion and perpetrating belief. It is communal at its heart.

One must acknowledge, though, that e-literacy is just a necessary but not sufficient means to achieve the goals above; it is only one of several policy instruments that governments must enact and implement in order to improve social cooperation and to fight inequalities. We can develop communities around common ideals and goals by easing social communication. We can disagree but we can understand.

The world is facing major changes in the political arena. In the 21st century the individual’s political engagement has improved significantly. This tendency is most apparent if we analyse the role of non-historical parties in policy-making in both the U.S. and the European Union. The ability of social movements to use internet communication technologies with great effectiveness changes the dynamics between movements and political parties in the 21st century. Online movements can help fill in gaps in party structures. We are the creators and witnesses of the birth of clicktivism.

New social media platforms enable these parties and movements to directly address voters, develop direct channels of communication, which is especially important in emerging democracies where sources for party funding are scarce. We must, however, be aware that these opportunities also entail certain dangers such as easy access by extremist forces to citizens, as the recent and most threatening of the Islamic State has shown.

I would like everyone to see all the magical, radiant possibilities that technology will offer. Technology is the fastest way to change the world.