Bloggers who aspire to be ‘agents of change’

What happens in with regard to Burmese bloggers should confirm this point: Bloggers have the potential to become agents of change. Bloggers and the internet provides a platform in which ideas can be generated and disseminated. In many instances a group of bloggers can also exchange information to coordinate action amongst themselves, thereby overcoming spatial barriers. Similarly, bloggers can also create a virtual community – i.e. a community in which geographical barriers means nothing.

In such a way, bloggers as a group can potentially become a social force, just like political parties, religious societies and other social groupings. Nevertheless, bloggers can also complement existing social forces. We have seen politicians, religious personalities, and people with social standing having blogs. Blogs can be a platform to maintain, enhance or further their social standing.

And so it is not surprising that bloggers as a group (or groups) on their own, or as complements to existing social forces can become agents of change.

Imagine this…

Imagine in Burma, where internet penetration is limited to about 1 percent of the population, we have seen a lot of impact in the way that news is disseminated. The government tries its best to restrict the outflow of information about the current situation. The government is trying to limit internet bandwidth and there are possibilities that internet in Burma will be shut down. And yet, this 1 percent group supplies much of the news of what is happening in Burma to us. And this 1 percent is one of the main driving sources in sustaining the protest movement.

Imagine what bloggers can do when internet penetration is higher.

Imagine the possibilities.

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