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The Innumerable Power of Web 2.0

It is our boon; on the other hand it poses as a bane that will not go away. Just when we think of the power that web 2.0 has presented us with we are obliged to look the other way when the harm it poses to us comes live before our eyes.

Kenya has just held a successful general election in 2013, compared to 2007 where more than 1000 people lost their lives. At the centre of it all was the electronic system that had promised a new dawn to the voting process in the country. To the dismay of most citizens it did not live up to the bill with numerous failures at various stages of the process.

While very few cases of human injustices were reported during the 2013 election process, one cannot fail to notice where the war was. The raging negative tribal exchanges witnessed on social media opens up a new reason to think otherwise about the web 2.0 technologies. The hate and anger that has been part of the general election in Kenya was much alive in 2013, only that this time the citizens were hiding behind the veil of new technologies.

Never the less it is not all gloom and doom. In this same nation where a few individuals are downplaying the benefits that lay within web 2.0 technologies, the same platforms have played greater roles to alleviate the suffering of many. From twitter to weblogs, where focused individuals have waged successful campaigns that have led to the rescue of those dying of hunger, floods or other calamities that have befallen our great nation. But, all is not lost. The power that the new media technologies wield is countless.

Women who for a longtime have been faced with the dilemma of being a mother and at the same time pursue a career have found refuge in the ability to work online. While I might not be a mother yet, I have experienced the beauty of virtual working office. From meeting friends and workmates online the power is not lost on me. I believe the continued discovery of new devices to enable us tap the power of web 2.0 technologies should go on.

The ease with which we learn of new developments in the world has greatly changed. At the click of a button am able to learn about what new developments the economic powers that be are making. As a young journalist, I do not have to wait for a media company to engage my services. All I have to do is pour my thoughts on a self published blog. As youth with all the possible resources in our hands, we must not abuse the power of the web technologies. It is our time to change the world by harnessing the benefits presented to us. Hail the power that is web 2.0!

Comments

Chrisitina's picture

great writing!

Hi Architsa,
I like your critical writing, which gives us an alert on discerning the pros and cons of web 2.0. Please keep on and I will be following your journals!

Regards,
Christina

Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

Achitsa's picture

Thanks

Yes christina. Thanks for the insight hope to bring on more. Thanks for reading on. Sure there is always a way wherever a will exists.

Achitsa

Beth Achitsa

Lortoria's picture

Opposing views

Hi Achitsa,

It was interesting reading how Web 2.0 has been both instrumental and detrimental in your country. I hope that through World Pulse, your personal experiences will be all positive :)

Look forward to reading more of your articles.

Best wishes,

Lortoria

Lortoria McDonald

lortoria@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/illumaink
New website coming soon!

Achitsa's picture

sure

It is unfortunate that few chose to use the web for bad reasons. But my personal experiences are a whole different from this and great we are able to interact worlds apart.

Beth Achitsa

Chinemu's picture

Great

Great writing, for once I have read a post that indicates the pros and cons of Web 2. I am glad that you have decided to use web 2 for the good. I am certain you have a lot of untold stories to tell us about Kenya. Congratulations for the peaceful elections.

Iffat Gill's picture

Hello Achitsa

It is nice to read some untold stories from Kenya. Thank you for sharing this. It was interesting to read how people in Kenya were using the social media tools during the general elections;

"The hate and anger that has been part of the general election in Kenya was much alive in 2013, only that this time the citizens were hiding behind the veil of new technologies."

At the same time, you pointed out the opportunities women can have through modern tools for personal and professional use. I look forward to reading more of your writings.

Kind regards,

Iffat Gill

Beverly Rose's picture

pros and cons

Thank you for submitting your wonderful article! Yes, pros and cons to everything and sometimes it is easy to focus on the negative, yet as I have been involved with World Pulse I continually see how web 2.0 and other social media are truly powerful to change the world. You are part of that positive change! Your enthusiasm was felt through my laptop screen!

I look forward to reading more from you. Thank you for helping make this world a better, safer place.

In peace,
Beverly

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Wow

You will be a successful journalist. Great writing and continue to put your thoughts in writing. Stay blessed my dear sister and God bless you and your work.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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