Tuesday, October 02, 2007

BURMA, LONELY PLANET AND THE BBC

Good piece of digging by Dean Ayres, whose blog is always worth reading in any case.

4 comments:

Free Burma! said...

Free Burma!
International Bloggers' Day for Burma on the 4th of October

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.

www.free-burma.org

Simon Barrow said...

I'll be backing Bloggers' Day for Burma. But I'll be doing so by posting human rights and Burma links, as well as the message. I don't quite see the point of publishing nothing, and have said so on the Facebook page promoting this initiative.

Simon Barrow said...

Btw, an Olympics propaganda blog tried to leave an anti-boycott message here, which I rejected. The issue about whether and when to initiate boycotts is a complex one, and on balance I think that there may be more to gained from making creative use of the Beijing Games than going against them altogether. But there needs to be more debate. And an "Olympic Blogger" whose page is full of adverts is unlikely to provide an un-jaundiced assessment. Well, the piece I read had no positive suggestions on human rights, anyway.

Dean said...

My original blog post that you kindly linked to was hit with three comments from www.free-burma.org, all identical to the comment you received here. I deleted two of them. This kind of comment spam is in danger of getting the campaign a bad name.

I agree with you about the bloggers day; since I don't blog daily, no-one will notice the significance of me posting just a banner ad!

The boycott issue is a tricky one; unless a boycott is strong enough, it won't be noticed anyway. Far better to engage creatively to get the message out.