As a blogger, I participated with many other Lebanese bloggers "LeBloggers" in covering the municipal elections in a neutral manner of course last Sunday. I can tell you three things:
What's in it for me?
I met a lot of people, I felt like I was a real reporter with all the interviews and questions we did, took a lot of photos (that's something I love doing), live tweeted the whole things (which was a scoop several times that traditional media relied on some of our photos), got introduced to great villages and one of them is Ghosta, went inside the polling stations (which is something I've never done before, as I have never voted before).
I am not political, I didn't even know who's who. Most battles were family based anyway. I met young candidates who wanted to change the fact that only older people run for these elections, women who wanted to add the female touch, and under 21s who wanted the right to vote. You can view the videos we took here.
I was using my phone to send out photos to twitter. And WAP is too slow I almost felt like needles were going through my skin! Okay maybe GPRS is bit better, but not that much. This is absurd, we need a better network in Lebanon, we need at least 3G, which we have been promised since ever. You know, it's not only absurd, it's actually plain retarded that our mobile networks still suck big time while our neighbors are far beyond us.
Don't forget to follow our coverage this next Sunday (May 9), May 23 and May 31. Instructions on "how to" can be found here.
And if you want to participate, please contact me for now, I will put you through with others.
Finally, social media is obviously grabbing people's attention and even the traditional media's attention, they're realizing we are out there and we can listen and be heard. Watch Kalam El Nass tonight on LBCI for a special report done on this matter.
Photo Sources: yours truly.