Welcome to the 21st century where every individual seems to value the internet as one of his basic needs for survival. The advent of this new form of communication has brought about many advantages for mankind. The World Wide Web’s scope is not limited only to connecting people. It reaches even to the ends of entertainment, information dissemination, social awareness, opinion gathering and many more. We cannot deny the fact that this technology is really advantageous in today’s society in bridging some gaps between people.
In line with the internet’s ability to voice out people’s opinions is the creation of blogs. The term “blog” is short for “weblog” which is described as some kind of an online journal. Anyone who has access to the internet is capable of having his own blog where he can freely open up his insights on anything he feels like commenting on. This form of mass broadcasting online is beneficial in cases there are needs for instant delivery to people who are away geographically. Another benefit of blogging, I suppose, is that it serves as a venue for shy people to get a bearing and breakaway from being prisoners of their own selves. Throughout the years, in the advances of our technology, there is this new public that has always been consistent in reaching out others- the bloggers’ community.
As a community, this group of people becomes stronger in times of calamity and unwanted crisis. One good example would be during the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe that hit the United States last 2005. Life form, buildings, neighborhoods, and even faith on humanity were all crashed during the hurricanes’ outbreak. It took some time for the survivors to recover from the incident physically and perhaps, a little longer for them to recover emotionally. Concerned individuals were able to patch up the victims’ hopes by having blog posts to connect to other more people who are also willing to help. They were able to send out information on how to give donations or extend help through work groups that went to check out affected places.
Aside from this, bloggers were also able to give out their sentiments to victims by posting heartening messages for their soon emotional recovery. Even though these were all done on the internet, it was at least able to strengthen hopes of the victims that better days will still come. These blogs have become major information sources when traditional media like newspapers, televisions and radios are not available- especially in times of disaster.
These blogs seem to have been the 21st century’s little bombs. Some may be written short yet it doesn’t lessen its value in reaching out others in times of crisis. The explosion that these little bombs give out awakens the sense of sympathy and teamwork for people to help out one another in times of uncertainty. This power brought to us by the technology of our generation should at least be put into use and should be used properly. What we have right now is communication that can reach a broader scope of audience with only just a few clicks. It’s amazing how communication has reached this easy now.
Again, welcome to the 21st century, where little bombers may be anyone from anywhere, they drop their little bombs anytime, anywhere, too.
Macias, W., Hilyard, K., Freimuth, V. (2009). Blog Functions as Risk and Crisis Communication During Hurricane Katrina. Retrieved June 28, 2013, from DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01490.x