Happy International Webloggers Day!
I was skeptical of blogging (and bloggers) until late March of this year, when one of my professors mentioned the potential of students blogging for mending America's English Education Problem, as he put it. At the time I thought:
"You know, Dr. So-and-So, emo poetry and black and white photos of dog poo and dead things won't exactly boost the literacy level of young Americans."
I reneged, obviously. As I delved deeper into the internet and the information available to anyone remotely interested in science, science blogs were publishing running commentary on research projects and developments, politics and the future, a communicative rarity in the scientific community. I was at once enamored with the opportunities. My Blogroll is filled with the blogs of those I profoundly respect, and with whom I share many opinions.
I'm talking like that was ages ago. Barely three months have passed since I started, but I feel a part (though very small) of a worldwide network of people who are paying attention to what is going on in the world, not only day by day, but hour by hour, minute by minute.
Bloggers (a.k.a. ordinary people) have effectively reclaimed their rightful niche in mass media. It has become our duty to cover the things that aren't covered sufficiently and look into the real lives of our communities, all the while looking closer at ourselves and our environment: Home, country and planet.