You would need a heart of stone not to be moved by the suffering of people caught by the London bombings and the suffering of their friends and loved ones. But if, like me, you are fortunate enough not to have that sort of personal connection, just how much more of value can you hope to glean from the umpteenth television or radio rehash of what’s happened and what the pundits think it all means?
I certainly don’t think ‘it’s not my problem’. As a citizen of the world I feel an obligation to be informed and to take what action I find available to me. The challenge for me in wanting to be well informed is to find better sources of information and opinion than are likely to come my way via the regurgitated ‘news’ that is already processed for the mass viewer/reader/listener and, like processed food, already has most of the good stuff taken out.
At times like this, blogs come into their own. I’ve just spent a quite moving half hour or so reading posts from Muslims in various parts of the world, expressing their own sorrow and outrage and providing some very thoughtful observations on the bigger picture and longer term considerations. And I found a blog, Global Voices Online, which provides an ongoing forum and technologically supported process for people from all countries and cultures to have their voices and stories heard, without having to wait (usually in vain) for CNN or other news media behemoths to find them or be interested in communicating what they have to say.
Global Voices Online’s self-description is:
Global Voices is an international effort to diversify the conversation taking place online by involving speakers from around the world, and developing tools, institutions and relationships to help make these voices heard.
Current posts and comments worth checking are:
Site is worth a regular pheed.