Those whose only reaction in life is cynicism and negativism can scoff all they want at blogs and the power of electronic media.
But one thing is certain: blogging and other forms of electronic, people powered media can change something. The change will not happen over night. But when you have people who are emboldened to speak make their voices heard, things start to happen.
Over the past few days, Jordanian bloggers banded together to get a story of unbelievable negligence at the Prince Hamza Hospital to the light. First online. Then to newspapers and radio. Then to the government.
The original post, which started the whole thing got over 200 comments!
Finally today the news came out that the Minister of Health visited the man who was the victim of this negligence and in the name of HM King Abdullah II assured him that his case will be followed up.
The elements of this small, but important success were:
- The presence of a technology (web + blogs) that allowed an ordinary citizen to publish something
- A COMMUNITY of interconnected bloggers, something that has been developing in Jordan over the past few years.
- A bridge from online media to traditional media in the form of Jordanian blogger/newspaper Journalist Batir Wardam
- The presence of other forms of media, such as radio (where the story was also covered).
What is important now is follow up. The community that formed around this story should make sure the story stays covered and that a satisfactory degree of accountability and justice is practiced.
Small wins like these are important. They lead to self confidence, which in turn leads to bigger steps.
Let’s see if bloggers can play a good role in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
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