Thursday, 23 December 2010

Dissappearing Blogs

Over the past few weeks, I've seen a number of popular bloggers turn their back on blogging and quit.

I've seen on other blogs speculation as to the reasons, but I think I've nailed it.

You see, before the election, there were lots of us gunning for change: a change of government and governance, a chance to rewind this post-democratic despotism we find our Parliament has been reduced to.

We got our change of government and for a short while we were hopeful, but realised that in reality, nothing was going to change. Big corporations and big financiers own our government and us, the little people get nothing in return for scrawling that X at the ballot box.

So, a number of bloggers have realised virtual vitreol won't change a thing and said "bollocks" and bowed out. However, there are bloggers, like myself that long ago realised that the political elite cannot be changed by high-mindedness. What's needed is real-life action.

Now, the one thing I'm good at is picking out trends: and the increasing trend is a realisation of this very idea, that bloggers need to evolve away from just sitting at a keyboard, but to actually start doing things in real life.

There are those already advocating activism, from lawful rebellion, all the way to the riotous activity of the student demos.

Things needn't be as risky and extreme: you can make a start by emailing your MP: make him or her aware of your thoughts directly. Use the They Work for You website, where its ludicrously easy to get a message direct to your MP. Give them some stick, get your friends to do the same, activism with a small 'a'. Get your friends to get their friends to do the same. They needn't share your views either: just as long as you burst that protective bubble around Westminster and let them know what you think of them and their actions.

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