Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber Dissidents

I was reading the news about Burma at the BBC and I chanced upon this link – Handbook for Bloggers.

I would rate this Handbook (in PDF) highly. I suppose this Handbook is a must read for all those bloggers who aspire to be the so-called – ‘agents of change’. There are many of them who explicitly blog for such a purpose. However, many more inadvertently without knowing and without giving explicit reasons are also ‘agents of change’. Actually, if we reflect deeply and thoughtfully, I would say that all bloggers are potential ‘agents of change’. See this post. To generalize from that post: I basically say that for any issues or objects, each of us can potentially have a unique opinion or stand.

I also allude (in an implicit manner) that despite this potential, we are likely to be followers of other people’s opinion. Blogging and internet are platforms of alternative sources of advocacy – this being compared to the so called established or official media. There are bloggers who represent “alternative advocates” (such as opposition parties, religious groups or any social groupings) that entice us to follow their opinions or stand. From my observations (to Malaysian blogs and also to Australian/NZ blogs), many bloggers are followers of somebody else’s opinion. What happens is that we take (or internalize) other people’s opinion as ours.

What ever it is: with blogging, our opinions, (whether they are ours or adopted from other people), can potentially diverge from “official” or “approved” opinions. These divergences can create problems to the blogger. This is especially true when bloggers are domiciled in conservative or in less democratic societies or in societies which are ‘hostile’ to opinions that diverge from mainstream thinking.

All of these point out to the need of understanding the intricacies of blogging. Hence the Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber Dissidents is very useful.


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