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!