So Why Blog Anymore?
Privacy vs Protection - Everything we do is monitored in the name of catching [potential] terrorists. That has not worked out so well over the years since the Patriot Act or at any point in history involving witch hunts. We write so that we can share our opinions with more people than we could ordinarily reach, but the government is usually not the intended audience. While all of our innermost private thoughts and feelings should not always be shared with the world, we choose for ourselves what we are comfortable sharing; not everyone understands that, either sharing too much or judging others too harshly for doing so. Since the revelation that the government is scrutinizing relationships between producers of content and the viewers of content for any possible ties to terrorism (or leakage or infringement of any kind), people have more than Internet trolls to worry about.
Freedoms of Speech and Expression - People should not live in fear of their government; likewise, a government should not be so afraid of its people that it must monitor and restrict everything it views as a threat. These days the government cannot seem to tell credible threats from imaginary ones, and that oversight is a huge problem. Just because we know now that the government watches everything (and will be coming for any one of us eventually if it thinks it has to), does not necessarily mean we should stop voicing our opinions. We have the right to know what's going on and respond with words expressing our approval or dissent. Whether it's something as important as government policy or something as insignificant as which franchise Michael Bay will be ruining next, people should not be afraid to express themselves in a nonviolent manner about issues they are passionate about. The government often doesn't know the difference between empty threats (angry words showing displeasure and often exaggerated for effect) and the real thing, so proceed with caution. It may not seem like you need to, but throw some disclaimers in there just in case. Hell, some episodes of Pokemon have been banned or left unaired just because there happened to be natural disasters on or around its intended air date, let alone the ones that actually contained incidental similarities to the events in question, and that's in its own country. Although it can be easy to accidentally offend someone (or an entire population) or throw them into a state of panic, it can be just as easy to illicit the opposite effect via Internet video and/or text.
Blogs are relevant. They range from giving advice to sharing ideas and opinions to thorough analysis on a multitude of subjects. People entertain each other in a way that is so pure and that is able to cross borders and unite people in ways nothing else can. In Aloha Fluffy, Gabriel Iglesias points out that his standup (and incidentally Jeff Dunham's dead terrorist as well) is enjoyed by people all over the world including the Middle East, proving that comedy brings people together and that laughter can be just as powerful as persecution (or at least provide some much-needed yet temporary relief). Vlogs and web shows are the same in that they reach audiences worldwide no matter how niche the interest in it may be.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Let's not rage quit on the Internet because of secret government surveillance just yet. They can't stop us from having opinions and wanting to know more. We will continue to create and share and think and take part in all the good that is out there to indulge in. If they take one of us in, they'll have to take us all in or reconsider the course of their actions; while they waste their time on innocent users, the real threats slip by and the terrorists win.
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