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VOF WEEK 1 (I choose!)

Web 2.0 gives me the power to control my voice. I can speak when I choose and how I choose. I can reach the world with no mediators who choose what I say and how I say it. Web 2.0 gives me not only the power to speak in my own voice but also the power to speak with my own very unique inflections. That for me is the most exciting thing about web 2.0. Outside of web 2.0, editors, publishing and newspaper houses even though they help amplify one’s voice often reserve the right to modify the voice to their own taste. With web 2.0, I choose not just what I say, but also how I say it.
Web 2.0 brings a fresh wave to global women development. It means that for the very first time the unique voices, opinions and perspective of a larger number of women can be heard. This translates into a greater pool of ideas and solutions. Web 2.0 means that this large pool is not only available but also accessible. It becomes dynamic like a living breathing organism. The interactive facilities available through web 2.0 also mean that women all over the world can interact and reach out to help each other. Geographical boundaries do not limit us anymore. We can speak loud and clear, not just to ourselves but to the world at large since the internet is accessible to both men and women all over the world. Also, generational gaps can be bridged. The Old and young can learn from one another. It is said that though we must all learn from experience, that experience doesn't have to be our own. I believe that as we share our stories, victories and losses, we empower others by our sharing. We learn from each other and we grow. We can access solutions that took years to arrive at with the punch of a key. On the other hand, we can also avoid loosing years because of a mistake by learning from one another through web2.0.
Web 2.0 is empowering me because it has opened a door of limitless opportunities for me to express my thoughts and opinions. I do not need a degree in journalism or a job with a press house. My interaction with my environment provides raw material for me, while the web 2.0 provides me with the canvass to paint what I choose. I personally have always desired to improve my writing skills as far as articles and creative non fiction is concerned. This is where I believe web2.0 is empowering me. As an added advantage, I get to get real time feedback from my audience which will no doubt help me to improve. This week I plan to post my thoughts on some events in my country in my journal here at world pulse and also on my face book page. That is the power of Web 2.0!

Comments

JaniceW's picture

Beautiful

I love that you describe web 2.0 as the "canvass to paint what I choose". Your words are so rich in colour and I know that in time, your life will be a beautiful painting of all your experiences. Thank you for wanting to share your thoughts on Nigeria, a great country that we hear little about. I look forward to reading more from you and hearing your voice ring out loud and clear.

olakitike's picture

Thanks

Thank you Janice. Thanks for appreciating the write up.

Gemma's picture

Comments on Assignment One

Olakitike:

Your post this week was beautifully written and well organized. You did a great job of addressing each of the areas set out in the assignment. I love your use of metaphor in your writing. It helps me understand the power you see behing web 2.0. I would like to know more about how you see web 2.0 bringing a fresh wave to "global women development" Now that women are connecting and being heard, how will that translate into action, into change? How will we get the attention of those we want to influence through electronic means? Is it better, easier, different, than getting attention by standing right in front of them? I would really love to know what you think about this.

I agree with you that by sharing our stories, we empower each other. I am excited that you now feel empowered to share your stories from the material provided in your environment. With you writing capabilities and your eloquence, you will be able to also take what you learn through the use of web 2.0 as raw material and use it to affect the change you speak of. Together we can overcome the limitiations of geography, age difference, and hopefully gender, to raise each other up.

Gemma

olakitike's picture

Reply to comments.

Thanks for your kind words. I think web 2.0 first of all makes information available and accessible. With web 2.0, I can 'broadcast' the events happening in my little remote village for instance. Thus, the shroud of secrecy and silence which often covers the issues that affect women is removed. I believe that there is so much going on out there, unfourtunately, some places are so remote that T.V crews and the likes simply don't take interest in what is going on there. With wed 2.0, I could turn a visit to my village into a story on the happenings there, all I need is my mobile phone to capture images, sounds and even videos as proof. Once I get back to town, I don't need a news editor to tell me whether the harmful practices aginst women in a remote village is news worthy or not, I simply get online and broadcast. i feel that breaking the silence so to say is the first step.
Through web 2.0, i can get suggestions on what I can do. It is interesting to note also that these days, information that starts on the internet often eventually finds its way into the newspapers. The more people share and debate it online, someone eventually does an article on it in the papers. I also think that web 2.0 provides tremendous networking opportunities. This morning, I read some responses to my week 2 assignment, I discovered others who had shared my experience. I plan to learn more details, more facts about their peculiar experiences. this I believe will help my course of action on the issues I raised. What more, I have potential partners in them I believe since we share similar experiences. The partnership could take the form of advice or even actual involvement in what I might come up with. A basic challenge I see however is how it would be possible to reach people at the grassroots thru this means. What about people who can't read or can't access a computer or the internet? These are questions I have been turning over in my mind. I will think more on your questions. I hope this answers you to some extent. And I do hope i wasnt too verbose

olakitike's picture

Reply to comments.

Thanks for your kind words. I think web 2.0 first of all makes information available and accessible. With web 2.0, I can 'broadcast' the events happening in my little remote village for instance. Thus, the shroud of secrecy and silence which often covers the issues that affect women is removed. I believe that there is so much going on out there, unfourtunately, some places are so remote that T.V crews and the likes simply don't take interest in what is going on there. With wed 2.0, I could turn a visit to my village into a story on the happenings there, all I need is my mobile phone to capture images, sounds and even videos as proof. Once I get back to town, I don't need a news editor to tell me whether the harmful practices aginst women in a remote village is news worthy or not, I simply get online and broadcast. i feel that breaking the silence so to say is the first step.
Through web 2.0, i can get suggestions on what I can do. It is interesting to note also that these days, information that starts on the internet often eventually finds its way into the newspapers. The more people share and debate it online, someone eventually does an article on it in the papers. I also think that web 2.0 provides tremendous networking opportunities. This morning, I read some responses to my week 2 assignment, I discovered others who had shared my experience. I plan to learn more details, more facts about their peculiar experiences. this I believe will help my course of action on the issues I raised. What more, I have potential partners in them I believe since we share similar experiences. The partnership could take the form of advice or even actual involvement in what I might come up with. A basic challenge I see however is how it would be possible to reach people at the grassroots thru this means. What about people who can't read or can't access a computer or the internet? These are questions I have been turning over in my mind. I will think more on your questions. I hope this answers you to some extent. And I do hope i wasnt too verbose

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