And what is a blog for that matter??
A blog is short for web log. It is a forum for people to do a variety of things — anything from keeping a journal, logging their financial woes, taking photos of their cats, publishing their fitness progress — you get the general idea. But this really doesn’t do justice to what is sometimes awkwardly referred to as the “blogosphere”.
For one thing, bloggers have managed to put rather weighty pressure on traditional media outlets such as network news, major newspapers and magazines and so forth. In fact, if you look at many on-line newspapers you’ll find a sidebar where they list the most blogged about articles. Some of these writers are extremely well informed Washington insiders. Such bloggers have generated substantial followings and have enough sway to force mainstream media outlets to respond to their criticisms. Othes are, well, crackpots. But it is psychologically healthy to have more media sources than the ones that are increasingly merging into one great profitable mass.
As Frank Zappa is reported to have said: “Stupidity has a certain charm. Ignorance does not.”
Here are some other links about Blog Action Day:
What is the Blog Action Day about? Basically it is a social initiative aiming to get as much bloggers as possible talking about an issue (the first one will be the environment) on the same day, raising both money and awareness. I firmly believe that the Internet and the technologies that are democratizing the access to information will have a profound impact on the socio-economical problems of the world. This initiative goes on that direction.
The idea is simple. On October 15th, bloggers around the web will write a post on their blog about the environment. The goal is to start a global conversation about a better future. There are three ways to participate:
- Post on your blog relating to the environment on Blog Action Day
- Donate your day’s earnings to an environmental charity
- Promote Blog Action Day around the web
You can follow the event latest news and update on Blog Action Day Blog.
Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.