Thursday, May 15, 2008

There is a belief that the act of "blogging" can actually be a force for social change. Maybe yes, and maybe no, and certainly only up to a point. What is certain is that it is a new form of communication that has allowed a much greater democratization of both information and opinions. Even the mainstream media is becoming increasingly reliant upon the blogs rather than their staff reporters. The folks over at the Blog Catalogue are believers, and they have hosted several "blog-a-thons" about various topics in the past. Today it's "Bloggers Unite for Human Rights". It has the participation of Amnesty International. Go on over to THIS LINK to see what it's all about, and add your two cents worth if you like. Here's a brief intro.

While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations.
Bloggers Unite For Human Rights challenges bloggers everywhere to help elevate human rights by drawing attention to the challenges and successes of human rights issues on May 15. What those topics may include — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, and censorship of the Internet. What is important is that on one day, thousands of bloggers unite and share their unified support of human rights everywhere.

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