Written for Write Tribe’s Free to Create . And the prompt is :
What does freedom of expression mean to me as a blogger/ writer?
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How does one come into the blogging world? According to me there are four ways this happens.
1. You see a friend or acquaintance create and maintain a blog and have online friends. You are tempted to follow suit.
2. You have this urge to read and write. You read so much that you feel the need to write your views on everything and anything you see. You go searching for an outlet for your talent and you come across blogging.
3. You have a product or service that you want to advertise. Rather than have a static page with just the product details, you prefer to blog about related articles and in the process gain followers and maybe some clients too.
4. You think that what you have to say can bring about a change in the political scene of our country. An open platform to lash out at anyone and anything the blogger feels the need to. Some use Satire to accomplish this.
There is no problem with the first three when you think in terms of Freedom of Expression. You are promoting yourself, your thoughts or your products.
But in the fourth one, what you are actually doing is pointing fingers at people in power and making a mockery of the system. I smile when I read such posts as I agree with what most have to say. Some go about it in a mild way, they speak their mind with ample data to support their claim. They are social workers who are promoting a cause. Some just yap their way into topics that doesn’t concern them in anyway. I have seen and read quite a few of these. Some make you think in a positive way, some produce negativity. Some make us indulge in false dreams of a bright future. Some push through a dark image on everything and anything good or bad, just for the heck of it. Or in short. They do it, just because they can. Some gain so much popularity that they get paid to write Satire. Maybe about movies, books or politics. Ultimately the blogger becomes a brand. And that brand can promote news however he/she deems fit.
There is nothing wrong with this process. More people get to speak their minds than just the selected(elected) few. It gives us access to all sides of the same story. It gives power to the common man. But it also leads to a confused country. Who to believe and who not to believe. Journalists with certain amount of credibility are also not full proof in reporting news. Because there are rules set in to curb their freedom of speech too. Rightly so in most cases. For instance when they were showing live coverage of the terrorist attacks on international TV for even the enemies to watch and learn.
NEWS is important. It is important to report events in their totality. What is unnecessary are the personal opinions , recommendations and the unnecessary innuendos from the common man. There are closed chambers and appointed people to run a government and a country. The option to choose the right people to do their work in these closed chambers is the responsibility of the common man. If they fall for the false identities that they ultimately vote for, then why blame the elected few? Our country has only two kinds of powerful people. They either belong to the ruling party or the opposition. And the war to get back into power continues while the nation’s progress takes a back seat.
Coming back to blogging, even this topic that I am writing on , is also my personal opinion on the topic. Some may agree, some may disagree on a few points. Some will utilize their freedom of expression to throw brickbats or shower compliments on my post. I might take them all in with a pinch of salt. Or maybe I will go after each of the brickbats with my artillery of blogging friends to get my point across to the brickbat holder. Or I would just sit back and enjoy the war that my post has fueled up. No, I am not saying that I am a powerful writer and all this is going to happen to my post. I am just saying that these can happen to any post, anytime. It gets turned into a source of amusement. And that is what I think is the condition of “Freedom of Expression” in this blogging world today.
Happy Independence Day my fellow Indians. Imagine if we were still under the British rule. Imagine how life would be then. We gained freedom from the British and formed our country on this day. So lets celebrate at least that much, today. Let’s celebrate the people who made it happen.