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I know I am judging from another country, but here goes. I think that new media, in particular blogging has had a gigantic effect on every area of human culture all across the world. I like to think that tolerance, knowledge, and humanity, are the greatest gifts an online community has given. That said, I am not sure anything can replace in person protesting or civil disobedience. When I look at American history, I am most impressed by the protests against racism, segregation, Vietnam, and I even witnessed an awesome peaceful protest on immigration reform last time I was in San Francisco. I love that about America. It takes A LOT to get people to get out and do such things in Canada, we are a quiet people and didn't become a country with as much violence and aplomb as the USA. I dunno what my conclusion is, but I would love to see more fist shaking on the streets.

Here's the question I'm asking myself lately:

Can things really stay the same if we hear firsthand accounts of women in grief over sons lost to war, women working as housekeepers without pay for the untouchable diplomatic core, women waiting for peace in the Ivory Coast, so they can return to work for political change without fear of death? I know women with stories like this to tell, but no time or resources to get the word out about their experiences.

I'm starting to wonder if maybe part of my responsibility as a blogger is to do something about that. A really good story can change the political landscape in a minute--at least that's what I'm hoping.

jenB, jen lemen, thank you. I somehow managed to mark my typepad comment alerts as spam again and completely missed your comments.

Jen Lemen, yes, I think you have a terrific voice and I would love to see read you blogging about these! (More Jen at http://jenlemen.com, folks).

JenB, yes, you and I feel the same. That fist-shaking thing, even if it's blaring horns at women in black wearing signs, as I regularly see in my town, is a reminder that I am not alone in Horrified protest, in a desire for real leadership and change. As is your comment. :)

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