Thursday, 18 June 2009, 10:06 GMT
The Kurdish Globe
"Must start writing my column"
This is what I just posted as a tweet in my Twitter account; if this phenomenon has been able to reach me, then it is definitely a fanatical outburst, then again, it must be, as even my mother is hoping to open an account.
Every time I connect to the net, it has become an addiction to check my twitter account and well, post a tweet. Anything really as long as it fits into the 140 characters limit; close friends will reply supporting your status message or they may reject your political views. What is most interesting is that the number of young Kurds in these online network communities like Face book and Twitter are certainly increasing.
As technology advances, the world progresses, Kurds are certainly 'globalizing' along with this rapid wave of changes that is taking place in the world today. The culture of technology and internet is rapidly emerging among the young generation Kurds. It is certainly a tool where Kurdish people can connect and acquaint themselves to not only other Kurds in different parts of the world, but also with foreign people, much cultural exchange can take place during this process. In terms of politics, there are some great defenders of Kurds online, if any comment or misunderstanding is made towards Kurdistan, some individuals are fast to rebuttal and hold a shield. Often you come across people who have a rather reversed image of Kurdistan and Kurds in general; involvement in these online networks often opens a door to expose the reality of life in Kurdistan, especially in terms of security.
It is unanticipated, yet pleasing to see well known Kurdish personalities and politicians post their daily notices. I am eagerly waiting for the Prime Minister to post his second Twitter message, and initiate his silent account.
Having an account in these online networks allows for a sense of connection between the average individuals and artists, politicians, news anchors, well known columnists, authors and any other person that may come to your mind, from Oprah Winfrey to the kid in your grade one class, it is rather fascinating, and certainly makes you realize how small the world has become. With a click of a mouse all of the sudden you can live along the day-to-day life of your favorite personality, just make sure it is the 'real person' or real life friends.
The diversity of these online communities is immense; there are all kinds of people from all parts of the world. Therefore, cautiousness must be taken into consideration when taking part in any online network, if done well, it can be a great joy; remarkable in that it can add to your knowledge and information and thrilling as you hear from inspiring people you never thought you would get in touch with. Nevertheless, it can be time consuming. Just remember, anything done overboard is done wrong.
With many students familiar with the English language, universities are having more and more internet connection to their computers, with numerous internet companies in the region as well as classes for computer and internet training-- it appears as though once again the Kurds have proved nothing is too far and too difficult for them, including being members in global networks like Facebook and Twitter.
How strange, who would have thought, once-upon-a-time, not too long ago, our young men were fighting in the mountains with weapons, suffering horrible conditions and their lives was on the verge of death every second, being Kurdish freedom fights, otherwise known as Peshmarga. Today, some of our young men sit with snacks, in front of the television, defending Kurds online with a display picture of the Kurdish flag, or a map of Kurdistan, hence, the term E- Peshmarga has come across my eyes numerous times. Whilst the former suffered more, worked harder and is much more respected, it is, however, the latter that can cause a change and progress for the Kurds in the 21st century.
Somewhere, in these cables, wires, and dishes the information is under transmission and pages are loading. Kurds are swaying fingers across computer keyboards, writing of their life, views and their thoughts, to be posted for the rest of the world to see, completely different to the time our grandparents were young.
I am just new, and my 15 or so followers may or may not find the daily comments I make interesting, but certainly the comments they make, the support they give and the words they express, even online, is often encouraging and motivating to make through the dull days. Individuals who are countries, continents and oceans far from you are just a click of a mouse away, and they are at your finger tips, literally!
Tweet, Tweet: "Column finished, mission accomplished!!"