Follow Friday – Charlie Hebdo

I started out today with the intent of finding a photography blog to feature in today’s #FF post.  The first post to appear in my reader dealt with the Charlie Hebdo killings.  For a moment I thought I would feature the blogs of political satirists in a nod to the twelve staff members of the French satirical weekly killed earlier this week by Islamist terrorists. 

I, however, searched the tag Charlie Hebdo and decided to feature blogs that published posts on the killing of the Charlie Hebdo staffers and the world’s response to the events that unfolded in Paris.  I admire bloggers who are able to respond to an event with such alacrity.  It is something I aspire to as a blogger.  Today, I feature three such bloggers who respond to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in different ways and with a variety of opinions.

The Daily Think

The Daily Think, a daily visual diary by Laura Quick.  Laura captures the simple, poignant response of a seven-year old in Charlie Hebdo. A Seven Year Old’s Reaction

a paper bird

Scott Long at a paper bird writes primarily about issues pertaining to sex, rights and the world as his tagline states.  In Why I am not Charlie, Long discusses both the pressure to republish the offending cartoons from Charlie Hebdo, a form of censorship in itself when what to print is being dictated to publications worldwide and the reaction to the killings on social media with the almost mandatory hash tag #JeSuisCharlie.

As I read Why I Am Not Charlie, my mind wanders to John F. Kennedy’s famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech.  Some of the same arguments Long cites could be used against JFK’s Ich bin ein Berliner reference and certainly if that speech was delivered today #IchBinEinBerliner would light up twitter.  There is a difference in the sincerity of a popular US President and the world on social media.  I would however argue that sometimes a hash tag claiming solidarity with a group or person is appropriate.  For example after the shooting of the children and school staff in Newtown, CT, #WeAreNewtown was a nation’s way of showing support and solidarity with the people of Newtown.  Perhaps in the current case a more appropriate hash tag would be #PrayersForCharlie because although I am horrified by the murders and believe Charlie Hebdo has every right to express their political views stating #JeSuisCharlie can imply that I condone their oftentimes racist views.  After reading Long’s article, I will think twice when using hash tags.

Corine Tan

Corine Tan, a blog by a 15-year old high school student offers the perspective of a teenager and aspiring novelist on the unthinkable acts that took place in Paris in Charlie Hebdo: From a 15-year-old Writer’s Point of ViewIn the piece Tan examines the reality that someday she may offend someone with her art, her writing and ponders the consequences.  In closing she proclaims:

“No one is allowed to take my freedom of speech away from me.

Je Suis Charlie.

Because the freedom to express myself is important to me.”

This week’s social media finds are:


zen and pi – @zenandpi

Scott Long@scottlong1980

Until next Friday.

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