As I have begun to assimilate the information that's been zinging around my brain thanks to ConvergeSouth and GoogleReader, I am more convinced that ever that we are transforming our culture through the Internet.
It occurred to me that the Web allows a new twist on the old saying "don't get mad, get even." The Web, and particulary the blogosphere, gives us a way to channel anger and outrage in highly productive and actionable ways that are better for ourselves and our communities.
Although some use this power only to spew vitriol and half-formed, ill-supported opinions, many more are using it to educate themselves, to inform others and. more importantly, take action against perceived injustice and unfairness -- and things we wish were better.
My example today is a Muslim-American woman who was revolted by the attempts to equate Obama and her religion to anti-Americanism and terrorism. Instead of being quietly enraged and feeling powerless, Fatema Biviji channeled her energy digitally:
So she began chatting with members of her community in Irving, Texas, encouraging people to register to vote and become more active. She began blogging about the presidential election and formed a grassroots organization with about 100 members who have helped register dozens of people to vote, she said. Her blog is featured on Obama's campaign Web site. (cnn.com)
Blogging not only creates a forum for free (literally, in come cases) expression, but an opportunity to connect with others who share our experiences and beliefs.