Friday, October 16, 2009

UGC 1 Politicians 0: The unstoppable rise of the citizen's voice

Everyone a reporter now. The rise of user-generated content on the internet and mobiles is forcing politicians to the proverbial wall, making them do more stupid things, as in the case of African countries of Namibia and Botswana where politicians are hitting back at citizen reporters with Medieval/Soviet tactics.

Rattled by the loss of control over information (actually, the flow of it), politicians have reduced to leveling charges of racism in case of an editor in Namibia, and in Botswana they have passed laws making it mandatory for journalists and bloggers to register themselves with the government.

In this mighty age of user-generated content, will they require the whole country to register themselves?

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