In today’s society of constant change, especially when it comes to the volatility on social platforms, it is hard to determine how long the interest of people in a certain thing lasts. Also, because when it comes to trends, society seems to have the memory span of a bee (about 2.5 seconds). And without a magical glass ball, it is even harder to foresee future outcomes. This means the words I am writing might just be like a scream into a deserted forest – unheard and drowned by the prevalent silence.
But to be completely honest: I don’t care.
I have not created this blog to earn money and become rich. (Especially, because the value of money is a mere human-made concept…) Neither do I constantly hit the keys on the keyboard of my laptop to gain a better reputation and have other people admire me because of the worldly wisdom flowing out of my mouth like water out of a fountain. I let the words stream out of my heart into my hands and onto the keyboard because it creates a safe haven for me. Because if I do not let those words and thoughts out, they’ll drown me from the inside like a bad case of pneumonia. And because I myself have experienced the power of words and the influence of others through raising their voice, I have decided to try the same.
I want to make use of the freedom of speech and expression that I am privileged to have as a white woman living in Europe. Not-so-fun-fun-fact: Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Azerbaijan are seen as the ‘Five most censored countries’ followed by Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar, and Cuba (CPJ, 2015).
In this day and age, internet access poses the ability of free expression and free information flow. Due to this fact and the statement in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression … through any media and regardless of frontiers” arguments regarding the right to broadband being a human right have surfaced.
Clear for me is that I want to utilize the freedom to connect that I have unlike some other countries out there with a ban on internet. It should be noted that some countries censor social media in a well-intentioned attempt of developing online safety for children by, for example, banning access to pornography.
The majority of countries though with censorship on particular websites diminish access due to the authority’s desire to control the free flow of information because of countering political or religious beliefs on the internet. Banning social media, in some cases, is also used by the government to silence the community when corrupt events are happening in the country.
Having wandered off the topic a bit I actually wanted to emphasize that I brought this blog to life because it is important for all of us to stop the cycle of staying silent, no matter if you are white, black, brown, blue, green or anywhere else on the color spectrum. In my opinion, it is necessary to break the wall surrounding all those tabu topics and it should not be defined by gender, sexuality or any other personality trait. Only stopping holding our tongues about ‘uncomfortable’ topics, such as rape, police brutality, inequality or anything else, will create change.
If you as a reader have ended up down here, then thank you! Knowing that time is money for some out there, this means a lot to me.