During my final week of classes I finished a video project for my globalization and technology class. I'd like to share this project because it displays the importance of rhetoric and free speech across the globe.
Media censorship has continued to be a problem for individuals, journalists and even internet service providers. While communist countries such as Cuba and China are able to fully block online and print information from the reaching the public, others desperately try to limit informtion without stepping over the bounds of democracy.
In particular, Russia had begun to crack down on freedom of press about a decade ago as journalists, photographers and editors were threatened to release anything negative about Russia and its government. As a consequence, about 22 media professionals were killed in order to silence their stories and information.
As a country known for its multitude of freedoms, America does not allow for the government to control the media. Consequently, the public takes the use of media for granted because Youtube, Facebook, Google and the rest of the internet is available at any time without any censorship.
Allowing news and information to be censored in other countries severely limits rhetoric's ability to cause positive change in the world. Silencing one reporter indirectly silences millions of people who do not receive that information.
So how can we address the censorship happening around the world, leading to the deaths of journalists seeking the truth?
We can use our freedoms to continue their message. We can tweet, blog, post, chat and record information so that others know what is going on. Just maybe it can lead to a positive future filled with change for the better.