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"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." – Charles De Gaulle

Speak out, speak loud? October 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — alsys @ 4:09 pm

So  anyone who has been reading the blogs lately has noticed that certain bloggers are getting flak for speaking out about things within the bermudian politicial arena that they deem unacceptable (in some cases) or simply frustrating. Personally, I choose (for the most part) to talk about the issues that directly affect me here online, on different sites. Public criticism via the web is just as valid as any other. This is a new world that we live in. Connectness is much more immediate now because of the technology of webloging and various forum sites. and that’s a great thing. People get a chance to talk about stuff, to discuss like ideas with others in a manner that simply would not be possible in RL. Sure, some of it is negative, some is wholy unnecessary but a lot of it is honest. I feel, I experience therefore I blog. For me, it helps me to learn things that I wouldn’t have the chance to otherwise. The sheer knowledge available at my fingertips, the sheer expanse of human contact is boggling to be sure. Now, admittedly, on these “political” sites, the majority of the people posting are of the lighter persuasion. Does that matter? I think not. It simply speaks to how people wish to communicate. This is one of many ways to speak. It is no more nor no less valid than any other method and should be treated accordingly. The message and the concerns are just as important as if that person was standing next to you on the street. Sure it’s (in some cases) anonymous but so could said commentor on the street be. In fact this allows for more honesty in my opinion. So let’s talk. No pointing fingers, no trying to put a face to the words. Let’s just treat every commentator with respect. Hey, you may not get it back but at least you ain’t the one being an idiot.

 

And please, not every bit of criticism is meant to hurt. Sometimes we speak loud because it’s important to us and we need to understand. We are frustrated at things out of our control and this is one thing we can control, our own words. Our own concepts and ideas. In the states, political commentary is fast becoming a web-based thing. Which is great. There’s a definite sense that the government “belongs” to me, to you, to us. And it does. This is MY island, this is MY government and these are MY concerns. All we ask is for someone to listen….

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5 Responses to “Speak out, speak loud?”

  1. […] jonnystar on October 6, 2008 Was just doing a quick surf of the local blogosphere and came across this article by my friend over at Bermuda Fables. Its a good defence of the right to public criticism and helps […]

  2. Well put Alsys.

    It reminds me of a line from Plato’s Republic,

    “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

    And a quote from another Greek philosopher, Solon.

    “In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend.”

    Speak up where you see things that are wrong, however minor, because they can lead to much worse things. Better the constructive criticism of allies, I would say.

    Kudos to all of the bloggers who stand on principles.

  3. Blankman Says:

    “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

    Just worth repeating.

  4. alsys Says:

    Much like the quote by Plato I have under the blog title?

  5. Blankman Says:

    Much like the quote by Plato I have under the blog title?

    Absolutely.


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