Response Post #10 – Dominican Republic “Global Voice”


A website that sums up all of the “conversation” from various parts of the world?  Ingenious…

Global Voices Online’s mission is to “aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversations online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore.”  I find it very enjoyable that a website is able to summarize blogs, articles, etc. from countries around the world and put them into a little handy website for all to read.   Seems simple enough…

I chose Dominican Republican to blog about.  It’s interesting that if someone is to Google “Dominican Republic”, everything that comes up are websites about the country’s tourism industry with trip information, picturesque images of white sand beaches and turquoise water, and “great deals on Dominican getaways.”  However, on the mainpage of the country’s Global Voices Online site, the “featured stories” list two – one about Hurricane Gustav and the Government Providing Incentives for Conservation, posted September 2, 2008 and July 7th, 2008, respectively.    Not exactly sites selling the country’s tourism, is it?  “Shining light on places and people other media often ignore…” is an understatement.

The examples set forth for the Dominican on Global Voices further emphasizes the gathering of conversations throughout different countries.  It seems the stories and blogs posted are not that of biased media, or tourism websites, but of regular everyday people with stories to tell.  The blogs posted include articles that relate to sports, weather, environment, and Arts & Culture, to name a few. 

I don’t believe this is a website I would frequent often, unless there was a special interest I had as it related to a specific country.  I firmly believe the website would prove very beneficial for people who don’t currently reside in their home country, and use the website as an easy mean to get quick information about their home country in one central location.  I also believe I (may) use it should I be traveling to a foreign country and utilizing Global Voices to educate myself on current events. 

All in all, a very useful website for a specific need.  Would I abuse it like I do FB or Twitter?  No.


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