Blogging came about in the 1990s and, unlike other contemporary tech crazes like Mini CDs and Tamagotchis, has continued to catch the attention and interest of new users. Beyond personal journals, blogs are used to review products, advertise cottage industries, provide organization updates, and give additional perspectives on news and political events. Because of the difficulty of censoring blogs and other social media, these forms of communications have become instrumental in expressing political dissidence in regions with limited free speech.
Despite the acknowledged benefits of blogging, it is a form of communication that has significant drawbacks. As you peruse blogs and write your own, consider these warnings:
- Do not believe everything you read.
- Be very mindful of what you post.
- Be just as mindful of what you repost.