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Locating International Voices

I've been online for more than half my life. That's 11+ years of profiting from most of what the internet has to offer. I'm privileged in that way. Growing up in the '90s, in the states, with a father in the tech industry, my only barrier to getting online was whether or not my high school aged sister would be angry with me if I used the phone line for too long. I spent hours researching my favorite TV shows, my favorite celebrities, my favorite bands. I snuck into chat rooms my parents didn't know existed and met other kids like me looking for ways to escape the boredom of middle school. I had friends I could talk to in Canada, England, Finland.

Looking back I learned a lot from that 28K connection, but it wasn't until I became involved with PulseWire that I came to understand exactly what this access means, or exactly what this access can mean. Up until a few months ago, I hadn’t considered the potential for change the internet offers us; I’d never considered the potential for revolution.

I feel like my eyes have been opened. Suddenly, the news I read isn’t just the news the US media wants me to see—it’s stories direct from The Guatemala Post, from Al Jazeera, from the Zimbabwe Herald . And it’s not just news reported by journalists—it’s the voices of the citizens living those news stories. It’s the writings of 14-year-old Iraqi blogger, Sunshine, and her mother, who simply goes by Mama ; the voice of Nyein Chan Yar in Myanmar; the political urgings of an Ethiopian woman blogger who remains nameless.

I’m excited. I’m excited about the changes that are taking place, about the prospects of Web 2.0, about the opportunities tools like blogs, RSS feeds, and now PulseWire, have to offer. Because while the possibility for connection and knowledge sharing has been out there since the Internet became a reality, it hasn’t been this easy for everyone to be heard, in, well, just about ever.

Certainly there are things that need to be done to make it even easier, but that’s another blog post. For now, I’d like to invite anyone reading this to share their favorite news sources or favorite blogs for other PulseWire members to check out. I really believe in the power of information sharing, and I hope this will get people away from reading mainstream sources and toward acknowledging the very important voices of those who struggle to be heard.

Comments

Maria Jett's picture

Lovely Thoughts, Corine!

I myself am a private person, and I know it can be VERY challenging to publish your thoughts for all to see like this... I commend you for taking the leap, and for bypassing self-consciousness on your direct route to authenticity and self-reflection.

I'm delighted that you've found your way to our small community! I feel honored to collaborate with an astute and dedicated young woman like you. I'm also delighted to know that your editorial work brings you personal enrichment AND professional development.

Cheers!

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

Corine Milano's picture

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the kind words, Maria! I also feel honored to be collaborating with you--you've already taught me so much!

Goldie Davich's picture

since you asked :-)

Here are 2 of my favorites:
The Huffington Post
The Daily Kos

I am looking for a few international news blogs myself...

I mostly use my google reader and subscribe to stuff and read random blogs. I am looking forward to being able to post my rss feed in my journal when the technology becomes available!

Corine Milano's picture

The Huffington Post is

The Huffington Post is definitely a source of information for me as well. And google reader has changed my (and my dad's!) life!

BrianFiore's picture

I enjoy these sites!

Here are a few sites that are fun to scroll through
http://www.drudgereport.com/
http://www.zdnet.com
http://www.stumbleupon.com
At any rate, I really enjoyed your post. As I look through various people's profiles at this company--it occurs to me-- the world pulse squad is composed of an incredibly sincere and passionate body of people. I feel very fortunate to be here, amongst great people.

Corine Milano's picture

Thanks for these Brian! I've

Thanks for these Brian! I've just discovered the wonders of StumbleUpon (thanks Maria!) and it's changed the way I surf the web!

Maria Jett's picture

Thanks for the Compliments!

I, too, am inspired every day by the incredible people I work with. And how fortunate WE are to have you and Cori on the team!

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

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