Contextualising #MakeBlog: Voice and Censorship


In his first post for Make Blog Not War, Raghavendra contextualises the event, arguing that the Internet has helped more people to find their voice, and that government censorship is a reaction against that. Read the original post on Raghavendra’s blog, Silence Before the Storm.

“Public voice in unison against the atrocities and disregard perpetrated by various factions, both in political and apolitical identities has been on the downside. While protests, the only effective means of expression of the disgruntle of the masses against the bureaucracy is being rendered less effective by the day, with the acidic use of corporate media, people’s disgruntle is now analogous to speaking in vacuum!

The Internet space presents itself as an option to express oneself and reach out to more people, in attempts to formulate and/or condition public opinion. Read the rest of this entry »


Some Thoughts on Make Blog Not War


Today, we kick of our series of blogposts on Internet censorship in India from the #Makebloggers with a post by Vidyut, who reflects on the parental attitude inherent in censorship, whether exercised by the family or the government alike. Find the original post on Vidyut’s website, Aam Janata.

“Censorship is a continuous thing. It isn’t something you can (or would want to) eradicate completely. A mind that stops at nothing only rambles meaninglessly with every stray thought. At the same time, censorship becoming rampant puts people into increasingly narrow tunnels of what is allowed. Where the awareness of the world itself shrinks and our understanding, experience and tolerance with it. Read the rest of this entry »

In Defence of Democracy

With the Arab Spring of 2011, the democratising potential of the Internet has received renewed attention all over the world. While few would argue anymore that social media have been the cause of the revolutions that have taken place in the Arab world, the new possibilities that they created caught the attention and imagination of activists far beyond that region as the events in the Middle East unfolded. And so time and again, in the past few months, where social protest took off with social media support, the question seemed to be asked: ‘Is this our Tahrir Square?’.

But in the uplifting climate of hopefulness that has been created as a consequence of these events, there is an important issue that seems to have by and large escaped attention. Read the rest of this entry »