Bloggers don’t get a lot of respect. I should know; I’ve been blogging forever and I still get treated worse than a journalist from the Podunk Tribune. Still, bloggers are growing more and more powerful, but is it possible that a blogger may one day wear the Nobel Prize medal around his or her neck? A host of Arab bloggers could potentially be taking home a Nobel Prize when the Nobel Committee meets in Geneva.
“Of course cyber activism as a movement can change things, but we cannot forget that the Tunisian revolution began on the ground,” said Arab blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, who chronicled the first revolution of the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution. She added she would dedicate her award to “the martyrs and the wounded throughout Tunisia.”
Monday was the third gathering of Arab bloggers (the first two took place in Beirut in 2008 and 2009), and as such, all the talk is on the Arab world’s revolutionary bent and the role bloggers have played. Dozens of bloggers may or may not have been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and any one of them would be a better recipient than 2009′s winner. After all, these folks are sticking their necks out as citizen journalists in countries where sticking your neck out is to invite a beheading blow.
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