I began to consider writing a blog after reading an article by Hossein Derakhshan in the Guardian. The description of blogging as a means to forming an information network through hypertext on the Internet, free from regulation and restriction by an application, really inspired me to break out of the passive use of Facebook and other social media and venture out into the free blogging space of the Internet. Though I had browsed many a blogpost, I had never found sufficient motivation to start my own blogpost. What use would it serve? What would I write about? Am I not too ordinary to start voicing my thoughts online or to contribute meaningfully or productively to anything? Turned out eventually, that one need not wait for the sufficiency condition to be satisfied; simply a feeling of necessity is enough to propel one forward. The only cost that is involved is that of time, which is inevitable and I was willing to pay this price. Another motivating factor was the “Free Basics” campaign that Facebook had been running in favour of “differential pricing” in India which directed me to the posts originating from this site on saving the internet, regarding saving the “free”dom of the Internet.
Even before that, I was introduced by a friend to the movie The Internet’s Own Boy, after which I found myself gravitating towards the ideas communicated in the books of Lawrence Lessig relating to software freedom and the significance of computer-code in today’s world; especially the book “The Future of Ideas”. And eventually, I landed on the book Free Software, Free Society: Selected essays of Richard M. Stallman to which Lessig has written an introduction. As it happens, I was already familiar with using “Free” software in the form of a GNU/Linux operating system and the associated softwares that I need to use as a part of my work as a student, so I had come full circle and now had sufficient exposure to the Free Software Movement. Followed by this was an article by Eben Moglen which cemented my conviction for supporting the Free Software Movement.
All the while, I had been a passive consumer of numerous social media sites like Facebook, the now-defunct Orkut, Tinder, Google plus and mobile applications like WhatsApp and Hike. Slowly, I passed the (self-decided) threshold of sufficient exposure to the Free Software Movement to realize that it’s high time I started blogging. So here I am.