Web 2.0 works magic!
Back in 80's you could only dream of finding your feature stories in the search engine results pages, without having a formal degree in journalism; of putting across your opinions about any global happening, without being an activist of any sort; of interacting with people with just as similar likes as you, with no hope of meeting them ever; of making documentaries about the sadistic customs in your society without a professional camera or guidance, for million others to watch. However, with the advent of Web 2.0, the dream has come true. It has metamorphosed into reality.
Unlike the World Wide Web, Web 2.0 is a collaborative platform where people from diverse backgrounds interact. It would be barely a minute when you update news on your website that people have already left their opinion in the comment box. Cutting across all barriers, Web 2.0 has brought people closer, with many of them sharing stories about their land, people and traditions apart from coming to know their likes and dislikes.
From businesspersons to government employees, mainstream political parties to opposition, celebs to junior artists, school students to university scholars, everybody seems to be on the go. However, to a large extent, it has helped women, in particular to take a stand for themselves. Or to be more precise, Web 2.0 is a weapon for women empowerment. Though we are living in 21st century but even today the crimes against women continue to be on the rise. There are cases which you might never come across. Web 2.0 facilitates their outreach. You only need to post the thing, and let the share button do the rest of the work. Web 2.0 works magic. And then there are online petitions. Create one and spread the word, Web 2.0 is on the rescue. You would be amazed to find the number of people by your side.
Again there are such women sharing the common platform with you in the form of a blog or a micro blog who have fought for their rights all through their lives which can be inspirational for many women across the world. However the women in past whose woeful stories couldn't break the social shackles, the women who couldn't find a shoulder to put their weary head on, can’t be compared to those living in the era of Web 2.0. Today a woman alone can bring a revolution. No doubt, things can be pretty much difficult at times, but that shouldn't by any chance make them look impossible. Instead of waiting for someone to speak for you, stand up for yourself.
As for me, my 7-year-old relation with Web 2.0 indeed has been fruitful. As a child, I used to say: Writing is my first love. Nothing has changed. It continues to be. While Web 2.0 helped me create my own space in the form of a blog, which I consider my identity, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn has made possible to get those writings across.
Besides, I remember how Web 2.0 helped me complete my Post Graduate Dissertation on Right To Information Act of 2009 successfully when the Coordinator had denied me any permission to the RTI office and the people associated thereof. I wasn’t given permission by the Department of which I was a registered student when it was mentioned in clear terms in the Project Guide that any kind of assistance regarding the Project would be provided by the Coordinator himself.
Had Web 2.0 not been with me I wouldn't be able to make myself heard, to attend any online classes that helped me hone my skills. And most probably I would fail in the Project, had I not found the grassroots activists of the RTI Act through Web 2.0, Web 2.0 is power!