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FREEDOM OF SPEECH-THE PROMISE OF WEB 2.0

The constitutions of most democracies enshrine the freedom of speech. Yet in so many places around the world, people lack forums in which to speak, and when they do speak, no one listens, no one takes notice, and no one takes action. Sometimes, speaking leads to torture or death. Yet, we must speak.

Web 2.0 provides an opportunity to speak with the assurance that someone, somewhere, will listen to you, and because they are passionate about the issues you articulate, they will take notice and eventually, you will all move into action. In your own reality, you may be faceless and nameless but through web 2.0, you have an identity, and a voice.

The beauty of all this is the ability to reach out to the world through my writing even though I am not a trained journalist. The amount of power and freedom such an opportunity gives cannot be quantified. Many people want to write articles about what they experience, but finding a forum in print media is not always easy. Web 2.0 provides a critical tool through which to communicate and widen the audience. Through interacting with stories from other people, I will be able to expand my world view.

Web 2.0 gives women a voice to articulate issues that affect them, in their own voices, from their own perspectives. Women can tell their stories, talk about their successes, struggles, ideas, opportunities and ambitions without having to be from a specific education or literacy level. This in itself unlocks the great potential that exists within the women’s empowerment movement, for there are many women with critical ideas to contribute, but who are shut out due to lack of forums.

Web 2.0 connects women through sharing, and situations that have previously been categorized as extremely difficult transform to hope. This is especially so when you are able to learn of what someone else in a far flung place from you has been able to do against the odds. Sharing on web 2.0 creates networks whose achievements would only be limited by their imagination.

Web 2.0 is already empowering me by enabling me interact with diverse people. Reading through the posts of fellow women, and sometimes men, is already enriching my world view. I am appreciating not only the challenges, but also the beauty that is inherent in different cultures. I am already beginning to have evidence of the fact that no matter how different we are in terms of race, religion, and geographical location, the challenges that we face as women are similar. Just as all people are united in humanity, there is a common race called woman. Suddenly, my situation and that of several communities I interact with does not look very grim, because I am looking at things in perspective. My freedom of speech is back in my hands, and the possibilities are unlimited.

Comments

hannah's picture

This is an excellent and

This is an excellent and clear piece of writing. You are very articulate about your motivation for the possibilities of web 2.0, and your optimism is inspiring. Thanks!
Hannah

gracewithfire's picture

Thoughtfully Clear

Thank you for your very well-thought out and written post on Web 2.0 and how it can be harnessed for calling forth the best in us!

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin

Zippy's picture

Thanks

Thanks Hannah and gracewithfire for your feedback. It is good to know that someone read my piece and was even dedicated enough to give feedback!

I look forward to interacting with you more on this space:-)

"A human is a human because of other humans"

lydia's picture

Empowerment through Web 2.0

Hello!
It is so empowering to find yourself in possession of your own speech and have the tool (Web 2.0) to use it! Web 2.0 and forums like PulseWire are great tools for the women’s empowerment movement and it is wonderful to see so many women, such as yourself, using it. As you continue with your VOF assignments (actually, you are probably working on your last one now!) and with your PulseWire journal in the future, I hope you will continue to share the specific causes that inspire you and how you are using Web 2.0 to find solutions to those problems. It is only through sharing our successes, frustrations, failures and triumphs that will we find solutions and ways to empower each other.
Best,
Lydia

Zippy's picture

Lydia, The assignments are

Lydia,
The assignments are finally done!Phew!:-):-)
You have just said almost everything that needs to be said on the power of web 2.0. It is only through sharing that the whole idea of being together as a voice on the web becomes empowering.

Lets strive to offer each other ideas through sharing...

Cheers!
zippy

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