Did you happen to read about Cuban blogger Yoani S?nchez who
was beaten for expressing her views? The blogger movement is growing there, but
unlike what goes on in our country when someone disagrees with what appears in
a blog there you have to watch your back. I cannot imagine having that kind of
worry looming over me. I am sure I post thoughts that readers find useless or
perhaps flat out incorrect. But that doesn’t stop me from blogging.
course the Cuban government retained a very black eye based on the reports of
Yoani’s beating. From what I read about her detention and the way it was
carried out (much like a kidnapping actually) it’s a miracle that she survived.
But apparently, the strength she brings to her blog (both what she writes and
the fact that she is documenting life in Cuba) might come from the same place
that enabled her to survive her attack.
way the world rallied around her and other Cuban bloggers is another miracle
and, to me, one of the great benefits of the Internet. And it is shameful that
Yoani and the others must be afraid. And she’s not just afraid for herself. She
now fears what could happen to her son. Can you imagine being on your way to a
peaceful demonstration only to be stopped, tossed into a car and punched and
beaten because of something you’ve written?
guess I bring all this up here as a reminder (and, truly, my intention is not
to preach) that we are responsible for the words we type and those that fly out
of our mouths. But it is the written word, sometimes, that carries more risk.
Of course if there’s a microphone nearby then you want to be careful. And just
because we enjoy so many, many freedoms in the United States doesn’t mean for a
second that we ought to forget that there are people just like us, using the Internet
to express our feelings and thoughts, in places where after they hit the
publish button something truly horrible can happen—something to be thankful for
as we turn the corner toward Thanksgiving