Blogging is a civic responsibility

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.]

6 thoughts on “Blogging is a civic responsibility

  1. I agree. I felt the same when I wrote this:

    Every day it seems there’s a new injustice, and every day I let many pass while trying do something about one or two. Usually all I have the energy for is a link. A simple link to point to an injustice and vote no.

    There are so many roles to play in promoting progress. An important one is getting the word out and raising consciousness. I see blogging as a form of that, whether one’s aware of their effect or not.

  2. I remeber your post now, Justin. Quite thoughtfull. 🙂

    Getting the word out is a big reason blogs are a civic duty. Thanks for adding. I’m sure there are even more good reasons.

  3. It used to be that journalism was both a civic duty and an essential part of the democratic process. Now that the media is just another big business, blogs have been filling the reportage gap.

  4. Good point Ruby. Interestingly I wasn't even thinking about the Journalism angle when I wrote this post. But you are right.

    The fact that many journalists and media outlets are not acting with civic responsibility (ex. Helping a government lead its country into war by spreading lies about WMD, the derth of serious investigative journalist in MSM, obsession about 9/11 and its use for political gain, the lack of questioning the purpose of the war in Iraq BEFORE it happened, etc., etc., etc.) is proof of the corrupting force of giant corporate media owners.

    This is not to say that smaller media outlets, like a newspaper, shouldn't be a for profit business. I am not against people making money writing, editing, and reporting the news. I am against the business bottom line becoming more important than shared community ethics. Local, National, Internet, and Global community ethics.

    Ruppert Murdoch's personal and business ethics don't match many of the customers he proposes to serve. This is made self evident by Fox New's inherent bias towards the present US administration. The sham of "fairness and balance" is exposed. Trust in the media is seriously damaged. But all is not lost. More non-profit ownership of media could restore trust in the media on the whole and reinvigorate SHARED community ethics. Bloggers are mostly not for profit media outlets.

  5. Right on Brian. I was telling Erin tonight about the various ways she could use a blog to inform, refute, persuade and propose policy and legislation. Offering solutions and alternatives is another civic way to be involved, and I'm always intrigued and inspired by Ruby's and your observations on how we can do that online. And Justin, well, his blogging is brilliant, too.

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