While blog grazing this morning I came across an interesting story on Pissed Off Patricia's blog (see Morning Martini in Special Links). She had a problem with work carried out by City Hall, the equivalent of our Councils, and was so irate that she rang them and demanded it be fixed that day. I won't spoil her story but it does demonstrate that individual people, if they get fired up enough, can get things done, can affect normally slow-working bureaucracies, can bring about change.
So then why is George Bush enjoying a free ride as he takes America and perhaps the rest of the world to hell in a handbasket? Why aren't millions of people getting out and agitating, marching, demanding, pushing, uniting, until they pull their crazy President into line or put him in a padded cell? Why are they in the process of electing a person who is probably little better than a Bush clone?
Blogging might be one of the answers. Patricia didn't sit down and blog about what she saw as a problem. She moved into action mode and rang the City Hall, had strong words, demanded it be fixed. If all she'd done was to blog about it, nothing would've happened, not a single thing. She blogged afterwards, told about her success. There's a moral in this story I'm sure!
All over the world, serious bloggers are at their keyboards writing themselves silly. Billions of angry, frustated words are scattering right across cyberspace as I write this and you read this. And what is the outcome (other than people write comments of sympathy and understanding or of argument and insult, etc)? Nothing! Not a damn thing! Everyone has a whinge and moves to the next post!
I wonder whether those who rule us, the politicians, the Corporations, the Clerics, the MSM, etc, don't just love the internet and blogs. It keeps people who might otherwise DO something off the streets. It keeps angry people in voluntary home detention. It keeps frustrated people separate so they can't form groups, ones that might get funny ideas like building barricades or marching or, dare I say it, engaging in acts of non-violent civil disobedience.
Is blogging simply a diversion up a blind alley, one that ensures that we drift into WW3 and nuclear Armageddon? Should we burn our keyboards and join together in our hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, to dramatically change this world, our world, so that it suits everyone, not just the political manipulators, the religious fundamentalists and fanatics, and the infinitely greedy, wealthy elite?
Is it time to translate blogging into action? Real action! What do you think?