When everyone has a blog, a MySpace page or Facebook entry, everyone is a publisher. When everyone has a cellphone with a camera in it, everyone is a paparazzo. When everyone can upload video on YouTube, everyone is filmmaker. When everyone is a publisher, paparazzo or filmmaker, everyone else is a public figure. We’re all public figures now. The blogosphere has made the global discussion so much richer — and each of us so much more transparent.
Above is a quote from an article by Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times. Technology enabled people to make their voice heard. And as technology becomes more and more affordable it gives power to the masses to have a say. Hopefully this will lead people, and especially those with power and influence, to act with care because now they can be exposed more easily.
Lately a story of an American teacher in Kuwait who was subjected to acts of vengeance was made popular through the blogsphere. Wouldn’t the person think twice before subjecting others to such acts had they known they would be exposed? Let’s hope so.