Bloggers Don’t Have As Much Power As They Think

In this day and age, we’d like to think that technology has given us so much power. To people that know how to use it, we are but Gods, ruling over mortal men and women with knowledge. To the rest of us mortal men and women, we’re people with a lot of opinions and the world to rant about. The question is, is this the face of power that we want?

Yes I understand, the fact that we can now spread our message to more than just the street corner we’re handing out pamphlets in is an activists dream. The idea that we can change the face of the world with the seeds we plant in the minds of readers is no less orgasmic to think about. Then again, we often forget that there are two factors standing in the way of making this idea entirely workable.

  1. People who read blogs.
  2. People who write on blogs.

The truth is, as much as we’d like to think that the net was designed to spread information like wildfire, you have to have realized that a lot of this information has no relevance to making any of our lives better. What people want aren’t ways to open their minds to new things. No. As much as people want to communicate, most of what they are spreading themselves all over is to move away from things that open up their minds.

Instead they move on to things in the entertainment industry. Things that are less virtuous than your average Caligula night in. Which when you look at it this way, is what proves that there are things in this world that travel faster than light.

That itself brings me in to those that spend time writing blogs. Because people rather like other people visiting what they wrote, they are most definitely going to appeal to whatever people want at the moment, even if they write nothing about it. This in turn make things really bad by far simply because what was an opportunity for words of change to shine for what they are, suddenly be enveloped in the smog of useless information and selfish vanity.

No longer is any viable information scarce, you also have to spend more time digging through things that are completely worthless because people game a system that was supposed to do us all good. And you expect bloggers to make a difference because we have a voice? Yes…like a whisper in an ironworks factory we do.

To top it off, this is assuming that everyone in the world is connected to this thing called the net or even care about this thing called the internet. When you look at it again, only a small portion of people use the net religiously enough to make any use of it. Only a smaller portion will actually find something useful out of it. Even a smaller portion still will agree to whatever ideas placed forth by other people on their blogs.

Whatever power to change things out there, definitely doesn’t come because you can put down a few words on a medium that’s swarmed by people that don’t care and spoilt by people who care about the wrong things. Power comes from our ability to go out there and do the things we believe is right for us. Power comes from our ability to take a stand because we understand exactly why we should take a stand.

As long as you’re just a voice in the wind, whatever power you think you have to shape events is as worthless as the rabble of the masses. Something needs to change alright and I think that starts with you.

7 thoughts on “Bloggers Don’t Have As Much Power As They Think

  1. You’re correct about that. As what my teacher says when I was college student, We don’t need to have books because in just one click in our PC we can find all the answers. But not all the information can be search through the net. Most of the information on the net are irrelevant. You are also correct that we should start with ourselves. Lets give good information to the readers.

  2. i rather be overloaded with information than no information at all.

    Besides, that ‘small portion of people use the net religiously’ are those who needs it more. There are certain things that doesn’t require the net. (man, i have no idea on what i just said)

  3. As small as one blogger may seem to the world, it’s still a chance to have your voice heard from whoever will hear you. It’s about freedom and freedom has a voice, it’s just sometimes you can’t hear it unless you’re listening.

  4. I hear you largely on the fact that people don’t surf the ‘net in order to open their minds. Mostly. But I like to think that things here and there, whether they intend for it to or not, end up doing that anyway. Of course, those things are real diamonds in the rough.

    On the other hand, like you said with entertainment blogs and such – most people look for things to confirm the dirt they want to believe about other people in order to make themselves feel better. And I think that’s why we all feel a kinship with each of our subscribers … that they identify enough with you to care about what you have to say. And that makes US feel better about OURselves.

  5. Well, to do rather than just think about what’s been written is something different entirely. We may have had a fleeting moment of consideration, but in matters of importance like activism is its varied ways, an opinion of someone faceless doesn’t change the face of world.

    Maybe I’m just thinking that if you’re going to believe that what you’re saying is going to make a difference, it’s not about feeling good about ourselves but working towards something more than that. A lot of people who blog have to get past that level of narcissism before any difference can be made. If not, they are just a bunch of loud hypocrites.

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