Shot Over Activism

After reading various articles, stories, and descriptions of the crime committed on 14 year old Malala Yousafzai I have come to the conclusion that the right to freedom of speech, press and assembly have been appeached. If we were to think of it from her point of view, or just the general point of view of anyone who blogs, it’s harsh and frightening to think that someone such as the offender in this case could be watching and monitoring what you post and when they think you have said too much, Boom, A bullet gets put in your head. But how could she have ever known that expressing her mind would  put her  life in danger? How could she have known that there are restrictions and barriers to how far her rights could go? Luckily she has survived, but how can she ever return to the passion of blogging when her life was almost taken because of it?I just hope that Malala has the courage to continue to blog, and to not let anyone take her rights away from her. If she stops now, they have won and gain the satisfaction of basically getting away with murder. But if she continues to write, they have lost and she has conquered them in a way more in depth sense.

Bloggers vs. Journalists Debate

Today I wish to state my standpoint on the Bloggers vs. Journalists Debate, which in my opinion, isn’t worth a debate at all. In the “Bloggers vs. Journalists is Over” (Jay Rosen, January 21, 2005) article I read, he goes on to address how the debate is over and will not be missed. There were also various times were bulletins were being posted by journalists saying things like “ For vivid reporting from the enormous zone of tsunami disaster, it was hard to beat the blogs.”(John Schwartz of the New York Times, December.28)  This just proves in my eyes, that there is certain gratitude between the bloggers and the journalists that should have them working in a more collaborative way to release the best form of information to the public.

Jay Rosen also goes on to explain how  “ The press has shifted social location.” He also writes “ some of the franchise (“the press”) is now in public hands because of the Web, the weblog and other forms of citizen media.” The press has now been overturned by public hands because the open use and availability of the web. I agree with him completely. There is so many websites that can be used to get you opinion out into the world on whatever comes to mind. Through the use of the web, you can obtain almost anything that you want to know with the click of a button.

In the future I believe that blogging and journalism will become a whole and work together as the most efficient informational output system ever. It is already possible, at times, that blogs can be journalism. In my opinion, soon there won’t be any difference between blogging and journalism because of how relative they are to each other now.

Though they are both similar ways of posting information, I tend to believe that journalism is a more informational way to get facts. Though both can be opinionated, blogs seem to be more of an open choice to put whatever is on your mind out into the world.

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