Voting is a civic responsibility. Not just because it helps get people elected. But because it is part of the democratic process. A part of the American democratic process that in theory can work. Its true our voting system in the US is damaged. We can fix it. I think blogging can help.
Blogging is a civic responsibility because it can repair and enhance democracy. Not because its used for politics and Friday cat blogging. But because its can help achieve more global equality. It’s empowering individuals and communities at the same time. Writing on a blog is your chance to reach people. Its your unlimited outlet to share your ideas. Writing on a regular basis makes you a better writer and a better communicator. Communication is key to a successful democracy. I feel more connected to my leaders because I blog.
I though of this post’s title on my walk back from getting coffee. Its a time when I stroll through the university campus and see students on their way to class. Its when I wonder what they think about. What are their thoughts on community, politics, and the meaning of history? Are they learning how to communicate successfully in the 21st Century? Do they have a since of civic responsibility? [I didn't till I was 30]
Its possible that blogs and sites like Facebook are their tools of real civic activity. How are we listening to them? Are we encouraging them to be civically involved by blogging?
[The definition of Civics.]