Watching better blogsThursday, June 21, 2007 at 2:33 | Posted in Blogosphere, Freedom of speech, internet, web 2.0. | 18 Comments
Freedom is the most valuable property anybody could ever have. Freedom as an abstact expression sounds great but remains hollow as long as a person does not enjoy a freedom of opinion and lacks a real chance to express their opinion. For less than 20 years ago, this was the case for most of us. We had an abstract freedom of speech but nobody in the wide World would hear us and our opinion actually mattered just within the physical boundaries of being heard.
The Internet changed all of that. All the bells and whisles attatched to what we know as web 2.0. are great technical gadgets but above all they are tools of liberty. They deliver us the real freedom of speech.
The total number of weblogs in the World is something nobody knows for sure. It was above 60 million for two years ago but taking into account the accelerating speed of new blogs being started, there is nobody to count the exact number of the day. Regardless of numbers, writing a weblog is the first tool in the history of human communications allowing global coverage to anybody’s opinion, at least theoretically. It can be heard and agreed or disagreed instantly throughout the World.
The problem of the average web surfer is paradoxically the very number of blogs. How to find the real good blogs among this multitude? Of course every weblog has a value per se, but most of them have importance just for the closest circle of the blogger, friends and the loved ones.
In order to assist the average surfer to find the blogs that have something to say beyond the boundaries, my friend Peter Wilhelm near Heidelberg in Germany initiated a project entitled Blogwatch.eu. In addition to offering hints to the average surfer, Blogwatch.eu seeks to promote blogs that might otherwise not get the attention they would deserve. That said, the site still reflects the subjective opinion(s) of its three authors. As Peter W. puts it:
Bei dieser Suche werden sie sicherlich über die eine oder andere Perle stolpern, die sich bis dato mehr oder weniger versteckt gehalten hat; aber genau so sicher werden sie auf Weblogs stoßen, die eher einen Würgereiz auslösen.
Joining Peter Wilhelm in this project is German journalist and photographer Peter Roskothen. Peter and Peter are going to cover the German language blogosphere. I was honored to accept the invitation to participate in the project covering blogs in lingua franca, i.e. English.
So our first entries are going to be on line on Saturday 23rd June 2007. There has been a considerable interest against Blogwatch.eu already days before going on line. So I am looking forward to adding my two cents to promote freedom of speech.
May I also take this opportunity to thank my friend Peter Wilhelm for his efforts to kick off Blogwatch.eu? He has done a marvellous job creating the site and also correcting the code that I screwed up. I am proud to be his friend.
Here is what I recorded and posted to YouTube about my participation: