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Recap of the Blog Carnival ‘Do You Love the Internet?’

Written by Juan Arellano · Translated by Catherine Randall On 20 February 2014 @ 10:41 am | 2 Comments

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As we announced [1]a few days ago, the moment has arrived to present the results of our Blog Carnival, this time a whirlwind event of only five days. The theme was I Love the Internet, and how to express this idea was left up to the imagination and creativity of the participating bloggers. The idea emerged in support of the online campaign #YoAmoInternet [2] (I love the Internet).

So let's see what our blogger friends had to say. We'll start with Milton Ramirez, an Ecuadorian living in New York, who posted on Geek's Room [3] that “at first it seems like a grammatical mistake” to talk about loving the Internet, since love is normally something that occurs only between people. But he later explains that “the point is to value the uses of the Web. Express your gratitude in the context of Valentine's Day for the benefits that the Internet offers you.” Finally, he concludes [4]:

Amo el internet porque sin él no estuvieran leyendo estas líneas y porque nos ha servido para conocer millones de personas en miles de áreas. No más expertos y no más restricciones sobre la información.

I love the Internet because without it, you wouldn't be reading these lines, and because it has enabled us to meet millions of people in thousands of places. No more experts and no more restrictions on information.

Ángeles Estrada of Nicaragua, posting from France on her Blog de Ángeles [5], begins her post with the comment: “It seemed funny to think of the Internet fondly. Like that… with affection everywhere for the day of love and friendship.” After telling us about her journey on the internet, she confesses [6]why she loves it:

Internet me ha dado otra vida. Una vida virtual que se adiciona a mi vida real y suma, llena y complementa. Abre puertas a mi curiosidad y apacigua la inquietud de mi espíritu inquieto, explorador, aventurero, quizás vagabundo. Mi vida hoy es una fusión entre lo real y lo virtual, intima y durable. Una simbiosis perfecta, hongo y árbol.

The Internet has given me another life. A virtual life in addition to my real life, which adds to it, fills it, and complements it. It opens doors to my curiosity and calms the restlessness of my inquisitive, exploring, adventurous, and sometimes vagabond spirit. My life today is a fusion of the real and the virtual, intimate and durable. A perfect symbiosis, like a fungus living on a tree.

Nscap, ciudadana del mundo (2.0) [7] is the blog of Isabel Garnica of Spain, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She gets straight to the point, stating [8]:

Yo Amo Internet porque: aprendo [9], enseño [10], trabajo [11], comparto mi trabajo [12], viajo [13], blogueo [14], juego [15], hago [16] amigos [17], conozco personas [18], porque #InternetCambiaTodo [19], porque me siendo una ciudadana global [20], reivindico [21] derechos [22], difunde proyectos sociales [23], nos empodera como ciudadanos [24], ayuda a caer dictadores [25], por muchas [26] muchas [27] muchas más razones [28]… y sobretodo porque me permite soñar un mundo mejor [29].

I Love the Internet because: I learn, teach, work, share my work, travel, blog, play, make friends, meet people, because #InternetCambiaTodo [the Internet Changes Everything], because it makes me feel like a citizen of the world, because it enables us to defend rights and share social projects, because it empowers us as citizens, helps bring down dictators, and for many, many, many more reasons… and above all, because it allows me to dream of a better world.

Gabriela García Calderón writes her blog Seis de enero [30] from Lima, Peru. She reminds us  [31]of what it was like when communication took place via letters written on paper, and how things have evolved thanks to the Internet:

¿Por qué amo internet? Porque nos comunica, nos conecta, nos contacta, nos acerca y más con apenas un clic. Y porque además permite que la magia del correo real siga existiendo, espero que por mucho tiempo.

Why do I love the Internet? Because it links us, connects us, puts us in contact, brings us together, and more, with just a click. And because, for that matter, it allows the magic of regular mail to continue existing, hopefully for a long time.

On the blog Creatividad Rezumante [32], Alicia Cortés of Extremadura, Spain describes [33]her love for the Internet in an inspired poem:

Internet, te amo
por tí navegaría
toda la noche y el día
prendida a tu mano…

Volaría sin tiempo
en tus redes de viento

Internet, I love you
I'd surf with you
All night and all day
Hand in hand
I'd fly, timeless
On the winds of your networks

On her blog Veo y escribo [34], Daniela Gallardo, of Loja, Ecuador, tells us [35]about her typical day on the internet and her favorite sites to visit, but first gets honest:

Debo amarlo demasiado para dedicarle un post (algo que ni siquiera lo he hecho con mi novio) por San Valentin. La verdad es que #YoAmoInternet porque, básica y sencillamente, me tiene conectada al mundo. Es fascinante si no lo llevamos al extremo, claro.

I must love it too much, if I'm dedicating a Valentine's Day post to it (which I haven't even done for my boyfriend). The truth is that I love the internet because, plain and simple, it keeps me connected with the world. It's fascinating, if we don't take it to the extreme, of course.

Gina Yauri, also of Loja, tells us about her relationship with the Internet in her blog Ximealito [36], concluding [37]:

Internet es un mundo de información abierto que tiene varias puertas, solo debes saber cómo utilizarlas y bajo tu responsabilidad sabrás llevar una vida plena con una pasión por el internet.

The Internet is an open world of information that has various doors. You just need to know how to use them responsibly, and you'll be able to live a full life with a passion for the Internet.

Iván Mejía, blogger of Tantas Cosas [38], writes a letter recounting [39]his history with the Internet and reflects:

A veces de tan cotidiano parece difícil procurarle amor al internet, como la electricidad el internet ( o será la internet?) pareciera algo que solo se aprecia cuando se va.

 Sometimes it seems difficult to feel love for the Internet, since it's an everyday thing. Like electricity, the Internet seems like something that only gets appreciated once it's gone.

Israel Rosas of Mexico also writes [40]a letter to the Internet on his self-titled blog [41]:

Dicen que ya no eres aquella a quien solíamos conocer, que los ataques te han hecho cambiar y que las cosas ya no serán como antes. Hoy te escribo convencido de que mantienes esa naturaleza abierta e innovadora con la cual te conocí y que tanto me gusta.

They say that you're no longer who I used to know, that people's attacks have made you change, and that things can't go back to the way they were before. Today I'm writing to you convinced that you still have that open and innovative nature that you had when I met you and that I like so much.

Writing her blog Cosas del Alma [42] from her native Medellín, Colombia, Catalina Restrepo lists the reasons why she likes the Internet, from access to information to sharing with others, and then declares [43]:

a usar internet. A usarlo bien. El problema no es la herramienta, si no su uso. Y es uno el que decide lo que hace con lo que le dan. Creo que yo lo usé para encontrarme con el mundo.

Use the Internet. Use it well. The problem is not the tool, but the way it is used. And it's the individual who decides what to do with what they are given. I think that I used it to meet up with the world.

Madame Web, from the Colombian city of Pasto, writes the blog La lógica de mi Papá [44]. She tells us that this isn't the first time that she's going public about her love for the Internet, but adds [45]:

Debo decir que este amor ya no es el mismo que al principio, ha ido cambiando a medida que la red ha crecido y como en toda relación ahora hay cosas que, pequeños detalles, me molestan…como la propagación de virus, spam y troyanos…pero es algo inevitable, aunque tomando las medidas correctas se pueden prevenir estos males y otros relacionados con la seguridad online. [...] Ahí les dejo esa inquietud, ¿Qué tan buenos usuarios somos?

I have to say that this love isn't the same as it was at the beginning. It has changed as the Internet has grown, and like in any relationship, there are now things, little details, that bother me… like the spread of viruses, spam, and Trojans… but it's inevitable, though you can prevent these and other problems by taking appropriate measures with online security. [...] So I'll leave you with this concern: As users, how good are we?

The people of the Mexican collective blog Sursiendo [46]explain [47]the Internet and why we should love it:

Internet es lo que queramos que sea, por eso lo amamos, porque en nuestras manos  (mentes, corazones…) está darle forma y comprometerse con él/ella(ello), para que no desaparezca, no lo mutilen, no lo neutralicen, no lo desvirtúen o no lo controlen. No lo dejemos en otras manos. Amemos Internet.

The Internet is what we want it to be. That's why we love it. Because in our hands (minds, hearts) lies the responsibility to give it form and commit to it, so that it doesn't disappear or get mutilated, neutralized, distorted, or controlled. Let's not leave it in the wrong hands. Let's love the Internet.

José del Sol writes Buscando el optimismo [48]from Irún, Spain. He recounts how at first it was love at first sight, but now [49]:

De vez en cuando reflexionamos sobre cómo hemos evolucionado. Mis kilos siguen ahí, no como mi pelo, y ella ya no es aquel mundo inocente e ilusionado de cuando nos conocimos. A veces fría y comercial -hay que vivir-, otras enfrascada en luchas políticas, los dos tememos qué le pueda llegar a pasar. Últimamente ha crecido el peligro de que de artesana autónoma pase a ser funcionaria sin identidad de un estado policial o empresaria libertaria sin respeto por la privacidad de nadie. No sabemos qué camino seguirá, pero como con una persona, creo que no podré abandonarla a su suerte.

From time to time we reflect on how we have changed. My extra pounds are still here, unlike my hair, and she [the Internet] is no longer the innocent and hopeful world that she was when we met. Sometimes she's cold and commercial – one must survive – and other times she's caught up in political fights. We both fear what might happen. Lately the fear is growing that she might transform from an independent artist into a faceless servant of a political state or a libertarian business with no respect for anyone's privacy. We don't know which path she will follow, but like with a person, I don't think I could abandon her to her fate.

Mexican activist Jesús Robles Maloof explains his position in a post [50] on his blog [51]:

Defenderé un internet libre porque me ha permitido conectarme con otros y luchar por la libertad de las personas. [...] No me imagino su libertad sin internet y en este sentido amo a internet [2]. La vigilancia masiva de la red amenaza esta capacidad de movilización al dar a los gobiernos la posibilidad de anticiparse.

I will defend a free Internet because it has allowed me to connect with others and fight for people's liberty. [...] I can't imagine their liberty without the Internet, and in this sense, I love the Internet. The massive network surveillance threatens this capacity for mobilization by giving governments the opportunity to forestall action.

Bolívar Loján Fierro writes the blog Ni lo uno ni lo otro, más bien todo lo contrario [52] from Loja, Ecuador. He tells us about the procedure that was necessary to make a phone call 40 years ago and compares it with the immediacy of modern tools like Skype. In a science fiction plot twist, his last paragraph is written [53]from the year 2020:

Estoy a mis 72 años liderando en el mundo una campaña de “Derecho a la privacidad”, mi compañera llamada “Internet”, en una pequeña pelea que tuvimos colocó mis datos a disposición del mundo. Me birlaron lo poco de mis ahorros y de privacidad. Me fui a vivir en la montaña, donde queda un poco de agua, elemento vital que perdimos mientras todos estábamos sentados asumiendo que el mundo se podía construir desde un teclado, cosas táctiles y realidades aumentadas. “Amo a internet”, era mi grito de guerra, ahora es “Amo a mi privacidad”, mientras los analfabetas digitales que viven en el campo felices con sus sementeras y ancestros en la ciudad andan como locos buscando algo que llaman comida virtual. Ya la privacidad poco importa.

I'm 72 years old, leading a campaign called “The Right to Privacy.” During a fight we had, my companion, named “Internet,” posted all my information for the world to see. My meager savings and privacy were stolen. I went to live in the mountains where there was a little water left, a vital element that we had lost while we were all sitting around assuming that the world could be constructed via keyboards, touch screens, and augmented realities. “I love the Internet” was my war cry. Now it's “I love my privacy,” like the digital illiterates who live in the countryside happy with their crop fields, while their ancestors in the city run around like crazy people looking for something that they call virtual food. And privacy matters little.

So, although the Carnival was only 5 days in length, we were pleased to see that various bloggers participated. We recommend following the links in each participating post so that you can read the bloggers’ full opinions. I would like to express my deep and sincere gratitude (and that of Global Voices en Español) to all the bloggers for their effort and dedication in contributing their valuable time to this initiative.

And, of course, Happy Valentine's Day!


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URLs in this post:

[1] announced : http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/07/festival-de-blogs-amas-internet/

[2] #YoAmoInternet: http://yoamointernet.org/

[3] Geek's Room: http://geeksroom.com/

[4] concludes: http://geeksroom.com/2014/02/san-valentin-el-internet-y-los-blogs/82710/

[5] Blog de Ángeles: http://estradangeles.com/

[6] confesses : http://estradangeles.com/2014/02/13/amo-internet/

[7] Nscap, ciudadana del mundo (2.0): http://nscap.net/

[8] stating: http://nscap.net/2014/02/13/yoamointernet/

[9] aprendo: http://nscap.net/2009/11/20/aprendizajes-autodidactas-20/

[10] enseño: http://nscap.net/2009/06/14/como-mejorar-las-busquedas-en-delicious/

[11] trabajo: http://nscap.net/2011/05/01/empezando-una-nueva-etapa-el-1demayo/

[12] comparto mi trabajo: http://nscap.net/2010/06/10/estudios-de-mercado-en-turismo-rural/

[13] viajo: http://nscap.net/2012/06/16/social-media-oportunidades-para-las-agencias-de-viajes/

[14] blogueo: http://nscap.net/2013/07/01/mi-familia-bloguera-crece-nace-nuestro-blog-de-viajes-latinamericandocom/

[15] juego: http://nscap.net/2013/06/14/%C2%A1veo-veo-que-ves-un-cafe-con-un-rico-aroma-veoveo/

[16] hago: http://nscap.net/2010/06/15/mi-responsabilidad-frente-a-la-desigualdad-via-schuschny/

[17] amigos: http://nscap.net/2011/03/09/feliz-cumpleblogs-para-turemanso-y-rseonline/

[18] conozco personas: http://nscap.net/2013/10/21/homenaje-a-enrique-meneses/

[19] porque #InternetCambiaTodo: http://nscap.net/2013/07/11/internetcambiatodo/

[20] porque me siendo una ciudadana global: http://nscap.net/2010/07/26/ciudadan-global/

[21] reivindico: http://nscap.net/2013/03/08/dia-de-reivindicar-los-derechos-de-la-mujer/

[22] derechos: http://nscap.net/2010/05/17/no-al-machismo-no-a-la-homofobia/

[23] difunde proyectos sociales: http://nscap.net/2012/08/21/yo-vi-la-educacion-prohibida-yovilep/

[24] nos empodera como ciudadanos: http://nscap.net/2010/08/12/redes-sociales-el-empoderamiento-de-los-ciudadanos/

[25] ayuda a caer dictadores: http://nscap.net/2011/02/11/cae-mubarak-egipto-libre/

[26] muchas: http://nscap.net/nscap/

[27] muchas: http://nscap.net/2011/11/29/social-day-trip-turismo-sostenible-en-barracas-y-la-boca-redbb/

[28] muchas más razones: http://nscap.net/2012/01/31/el-peligro-de-una-sola-historia/

[29] me permite soñar un mundo mejor: http://nscap.net/2010/05/03/internet-me-permite-sonar-un-mundo-mejor/

[30] Seis de enero: http://seisdeenero.blogspot.com/

[31] reminds us : http://seisdeenero.blogspot.com/2014/02/yo-amo-internet.html

[32] Creatividad Rezumante: http://creatividadrezumante.tumblr.com/

[33] describes : http://creatividadrezumante.tumblr.com/post/76567268088/yo-amo-internet

[34] Veo y escribo: http://veoyescribo.wordpress.com/

[35] tells us : http://veoyescribo.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/yoamointernet/

[36] Ximealito: http://ximealito.wordpress.com/

[37] concluding: http://ximealito.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/yoamointernet/

[38] Tantas Cosas: http://www.tantascosas.com/

[39] recounting : http://www.tantascosas.com/el-internet-querido

[40] writes : http://irosasr.mx/blog/yoamointernet-carta-de-israel-rosas/

[41] self-titled blog: http://irosasr.mx/

[42] Cosas del Alma: http://catirestrepo.wordpress.com/

[43] declares: http://catirestrepo.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/hablemos-de-internet/

[44] La lógica de mi Papá: http://lalogicademipapa.blogspot.com/

[45] adds: http://lalogicademipapa.blogspot.com/2014/02/yo-amo-internet.html

[46] Sursiendo : http://sursiendo.com/blog/

[47] explain : http://sursiendo.com/blog/2014/02/yo-amo-internet-un-romance-que-crece-en-el-dia-a-dia/

[48] Buscando el optimismo : http://blog.optimismos.es/

[49] but now: http://blog.optimismos.es/2014/02/13/13-ii-amando-internet/

[50] in a post: http://roblesmaloof.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/defender-a-internet-the-day-we-fight-back/

[51] blog: http://roblesmaloof.wordpress.com/

[52] Ni lo uno ni lo otro, más bien todo lo contrario: http://estabienperoestamal.blogspot.com/

[53] written : http://estabienperoestamal.blogspot.com/p/yo-amo-internet.html

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