After reading this week’s reading, I just found out how brilliant Julian Assange is. He is the founder of WikiLeaks. What is WikiLeaks? What is it about?
WikiLeaks is where you can know all the information that the government has been keeping from the public. Confidential, secrets and sometimes the truth on what actually happen and wasn’t reported on the news truthfully.
Traditional media nowadays are mostly controlled by the government and therefore certain cable news and newspaper companies most of the time published what the government wants and not what the public needs to know. Some people may want to know the truth but aren’t brave enough to do so. But not Julian Assange. He is considered a daredevil for being able to do such things like going all out on revealing what the government had been keeping from the public.
“WikiLeaks is not quite an organization; it is better described as a media insurgency. It has no paid staff, no copiers, no desks, no office. Assange does not even have a home. He travels from country to country, staying with supporters, or friends of friends—as he once put it to me, “I’m living in airports these days.” He is the operation’s prime mover, and it is fair to say that WikiLeaks exists wherever he does.” – Raffi Katchadourian
The statement above shows how much he willing to go on revealing the truth. He is always on the go. He wants the public to open up their eyes and of course think critically. He wants both side to be heard and at the same time to give the public a chance on not being narrow minded. Some of the information that was provided from WikiLeaks are worth knowing and from the website he hopes that it might be able to change the society by stating the truth. What I meant by ‘change’ was to something better.
Yes, truth hurts, but sometimes it is better to know what is actually going on around the world. It is sometimes rather unfair to conceal it with lies and not fully told reports. By stating the truth, it might create awareness. True, sometimes telling the truth won’t be able to solved everything but then again, it all depends on the individual on how they handle the truth. And maybe it might not change the situation at all and will forever remain the same. But at least a chance was given to the public on being able to know what is actually going on.
Khatchadouran, R 2010, “No Secrets: Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency”, The New Yorker, accessed 24/10/2012, http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/06/07/100607fa_fact_khatchadourian