One Day Blog Silence In Honor Of The Victims Of Virginia Tech

Steli Efti is one of the most good natured souls I have met whilst blogging, and is truely an educator. As such, I feel it is fitting that he has started this initiative to hold a one day bloggers silence 30th April to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

On April 30th 2007, the Blogosphere will hold a One-Day Blog Silence in honor towards the victims of Virginia. 33 died at the US college massacre.

You can read more details on Steli’s education blog.

Steli has set up a support site for this initiative, where you can find various logos / badges / banners.

Here is an example, suitably sober and stylish

One Day Blog Silence

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  1. says

    It’s an honorable initiative that deserves some exposure but I would rather see a one-day post by all bloggers on the topic of violence/gun control etc.

    I understand that public mourning (silence) is meant to promote introspection, empathy as well as respect towards the victim’s families but I think collective thought and energy directed towards preventing future incidents is more beneficial.

    That’s just me I guess :)

    • says

      I am actually much further removed from this than most of my readers. I don’t wantch much TV, in fact I only saw scrolling headlines of this at the bottom of a news broadcast last might as the news was breaking – I was at my in-laws, and that was the first TV I had watched in a week.

      Not blogging doesn’t mean stop talking, there are also other mediums.

      I also think it is important to show respect to my readers. this is an initiative that Steli is devoting a lot of time to, and it is an unselfish act. Such deeds deserve a mention.

      I have seen comments elsewhere saying we should talk more. What they are missing is that this day of silence is two weeks away, and the blog echo chamber will have talked itself out, depending on how many political candidates decide to switch their preferences on gun laws over this and public opinion polls about whether they should switch to gain ground on a competitor.

      That is a little cynical – I am a Brit and most “bobbies” have truncheons, and the crooks have crowbars. There was a huge scandal here in Poland a while back when a kid who didn’t see a cop waving him down continued driving, and was shot dead.

  2. says

    Maki, I am with you on this one. I will most likely blog against violence on that day. But either way I will digg this post.

  3. says

    Vlad why not blog about it in the two weeks leading up to that day and then spare a moment to respect the dead?

    I don’t understand why people are being so difficult. If you don’t like the idea I can understand that, you don’t have to participate. What is the point of attacking people who do?

    Right now the detractors are spending more time attacking the idea than discussing the issues surrounding this tragic event. If they truly believe discourse is the better avenue then why aren’t they actually engaging in it?

  4. says

    You’ve got a point there, Daniel! I don’t understand such reactions either. It seems to me that concepts like tolerance, understanding and respect for other peoples’ values are missing from their world.

    Thank you for supporting the initiative, Andy.

  5. says

    @ Daniel,

    “What is the point of attacking people who do?”

    Daniel, I was attacing no one. Please read my comment again, I was just expressing my opinion and either way (blogging or being silence) I will remeber Virginia TECH.

  6. says

    Vlad I apologize if it came across like I was implying you were attacking the idea, or Maki for that matter. That section of my comment was aimed at people on other blogs who have been attacking both the idea and people supporting it with quite alot of venom.

    You’re comments were nothing but respectful, which is a refreshing change from some of the messages I’ve been dealing with today.

    • says

      Daniel, I guess it was me who misundertood. Goig back to the topic I think a combination of bloggin against violence and the keep silence on the 30th is a great idea. I will probably do that.

  7. says

    After reading my post again I think my bad writing is to blame. :)

    Vlad a compromise like you speak of would work just as well. If people want to blog against violence on that day I think they should. What would be nice to see however is a small acknowledgement of those who are observing a silence. People grieve in different ways, at the very least we can be repectful to one another.

    • says

      I understand what you mean, dan1el. I’m personally not against the One Day of Silence day at all.. Lorelle has written beautifully about this subject, particularly about how silence is collective empathy/remembrance and is not just a passive way of dealing with the incident or the topic of violence.

      Collective actions by a large number of participants can effect social change. The U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s is a good example of what happens when groups of people share similar objectives and speak out at the same time. There’s power in collective social behavior.

      What would happen if everyone blogged about their personal experiences or thoughts on violence in that one day? I’m sure this would have a large impact on numerous blog readers or internet users out there. A permanent post on a blog can lasts for years and the act of sharing or the statement against violence extends indefinitely across the social conscience, at least on the internet.

      I totally respect the One day of Silence movement but given an option I would rather have a one day of protest. But like I’ve said, it’s just my pro-active personality and this has always been my way of dealing with stuff like that.

  8. says

    I’ll get flamed for this but this is how I “see” it from here in Melbourne Australia…

    I wonder if this day of silence would have been called if the event hadn’t happened on US soil, to US citizens. I am NOT saying I begrudge them for this initiative… not at all. I support it completely.

    But we should have the courage and honesty to acknowledge that this kind of carnage is happening DAILY in Iraq (to Iraqis), in Africa, against political dissidents in China, and so forth… and I don’t see days of silence initiated for these.

    And what is happening in, say, Iraq is no less obscene, no less painful for human beings, no less taxing on our sense of humanity… it’s just not so “immediate”.

    The Iraqi situation doesn’t get the day of silence because we’re all “over it”, which is to me as much a tragedy.

    If the tragedy at VA Tech stops us blogging, then well and good. It may well be a very appropriate thing for many to do. But what about next week when we’ve done that and then another completely innocent 60-or-so Iraqis doing their daily shopping in a marketplace get blown up by a deeply disturbed suicide bomber?

    My point is only to ask for people to weigh human lives on the SAME scales every time… not the scale of their own personal emotional response, but something more objective than that, where an Iraqi life (for example) weighs the same as a US one, or an Aussie one, and is honoured accordingly.

    Again… I have no problems with this expression of grief/respect, but where are the similar blog(ger) memorials for innocent Iraqis slaughtered on a daily basis (for example)?

    The imbalance of it all screams out at me, and I can’t not say so.


    • says

      This blog doesn’t have a “flaming” culture for which I am sometimes quite thankful.
      If anyone is going to flame anyone it will be me, and I will do it in a post.

      I can relate to both sides of the argument and often wonder why my father-in-law goes hunting just once or twice a year to retain his hunting license.

      I know people who have been out in Iraq, both from the UK and from Poland, and I can relate to all kinds of other issues as well.

      In many ways for this post I am a conveyor of information, and at the same time taking a day off from blogging just means I will end up doing something else important, such as spending more time with my wife.

      One thing to note, as a marketer and a blogger you quite often tune into the wavelength of your readers and customers.

      I know that if I was to write a post about a Polish children’s charity, I would hardly see any traffic or donations, but the moment I heard of the “hardship” of some internet marketers in New Orleans, I dropped $100 donation to a collection without thinking about it.

  9. says

    Steli is a great person and so is his initiative. I have been in regular contact with Steli over the past few months and will be more than happy to help his cause. What he is trying to do, not only with his day of silence, but all over the educational community is amazing and noteworthy.

    Sometimes I wonder how he gets his message out so quickly. I got his e-mail only hours after the event took place.