Blogging or Cultural Diplomacy?

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Do you blog? Then you just might have a new job title: a Cultural Diplomat.

Milton C. Cummings defined Cultural Diplomacy as being “The exchange of ideas, information, values, systems, traditions, beliefs and other aspects of culture, with the intention of fostering mutual understanding”.

So far, only travellers, teachers and artists are considered cultural diplomats or informal ambassadors; however, if we think about Milton Cummings’ definition then bloggers must be included in the whole concept.

Blogging is an exchange of thoughts, information, values, culture, history, traditions, beliefs, emotions and so much more that it brings people (from all corners of the world) together.
Through blogging we understand that, regardless where they are, people are people who just want, and need, exactly the same things as we do: love, freedom, a job, healthcare, respect, dignity, self-determination, peace, happiness and a future.

The goal of Cultural Diplomacy is to yield long-term benefits (e.g. promoting national interests, building relationships and enhancing socio-cultural understanding) and blogs can do just that.
Does this imply that governments should start using bloggers as informal diplomats/ambassadors? If they don’t yet, they definitely should because blogs are an extremely effective means to promote mutual understanding.

Political parties, religious institutions, the media and other groups tend to shape societal opinions. In order to be successful, they must limit the horizons of people and thus the amount (and quality) of information they receive. However, the Blogosphere expands our horizons: it offers other perspectives of life, of people and of the world. It also complements our personal & travelling experience. It further transmits a sense of humanity, generosity and solidarity. And, finally, the blogosphere builds relationships that can reveal themselves to be vital to all sorts of national interest (e.g. the promotion of tourism, trade and foreign investment). And this is the beauty of the Blogosphere's potential.

It is said that the Patron Saint of Diplomacy is the Archangel Gabriel. Since he is the deliverer of the word of God, a born-communicator and an emissary, I’d say he is also the Patron Saint of Bloggers, when these work as ambassadors.

So, if you promote your nation’s history, gastronomy, art, philosophy and religion; if you promote politics, human & international relations thus, contributing to a peaceful existence through understanding...Are you just a blogger or are you a Cultural Ambassador?

Comments

  1. Max, many bloggers can serve as cultural diplomats but not all of them; I mean, there are some blogs out there that transmit very little and do even less to contribute to mutual understanding. However, I'd say that blogging poses a challenge to the media and to governments - we can't deny its usefulness and the way it rattled the cage of the establishment.
    LOL Malach Gavriel as the saint of bloggers? Well, he doesn't seem to be doing much for diplomacy so what makes you think he'd do something for the blog-writers in the world? Gavriel delivers the word of God, that's all.

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  2. Olá Max,

    It is true that the blogosphere offers us a different perspective of issues (since most of the times, they are not bound to a specific guideline), but I am not sure all can be cultural diplomats since many blogs incite to violence.
    As for governments using bloggers: it is a great idea, if you ask me. And this idea led to another level: what if the blogosphere transformed itself into a spy network? Now that would be interesting and challenging.

    Could a blog lead me to invest in a country? Perhaps, I can see it happening.
    Could a blog lead me to want to visit a certain country? Most definitely.
    Could a blog lead me to mutual understanding? It depends...

    Max, you got "testicular fortitude" hahaha...

    Tchau

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  3. Hi Max,

    Wow, I've never been a cultural diplomat before. Does it come with benefits? I'll answer that. Yes it does. We get to have meetings of the mind. We get to entertain, inspire, inform, interpret our inner and outer worlds. Sometimes we collide with readers, but for the most part, we are cultural journalists painting the world with our brush and bringing back the art of debate. It's a laborious job at times to stay on our game and not waver from our identity, but in the end, it is a labor of love.

    May you/we continue to light the torch, spark an idea, lead a charge, be the sounding board of Generation B (Blogger). Keep up the good work. You never cease to amaze me with your provocative posts.

    Provacative Cheers!

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  4. Is that true? But I was trying so hard to be an uncultured diplomat ...

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  5. Hello Max,

    I love new look of your blog. It's so technically excellent. Great job done.

    Love
    Sabi Sunshine

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  6. Hi Ana :D!

    "Max, many bloggers can serve as cultural diplomats but not all of them; I mean, there are some blogs out there that transmit very little and do even less to contribute to mutual understanding."

    True (unfortunately).

    "However, I'd say that blogging poses a challenge to the media and to governments - we can't deny its usefulness and the way it rattled the cage of the establishment."

    lol Well, it certainly made keeping secrets a bit harder...but I think that blogging can be used in a very intelligent and effective way, yes.

    "LOL Malach Gavriel as the saint of bloggers? Well, he doesn't seem to be doing much for diplomacy so what makes you think he'd do something for the blog-writers in the world? Gavriel delivers the word of God, that's all."

    LOL LOL oh come on, be generous, Ana ;). Poor Malakh Gavriel: I like him and he is my inspiration, as a blogger :).

    Ana, thank you so so much for your fab comment :D.

    Cheers

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  7. Olá Celeste :D!

    "It is true that the blogosphere offers us a different perspective of issues (since most of the times, they are not bound to a specific guideline), but I am not sure all can be cultural diplomats since many blogs incite to violence."

    Unfortunately it is true that many blogs do incite to violence (which is such a waste of energy) *nodding*.

    "As for governments using bloggers: it is a great idea, if you ask me. And this idea led to another level: what if the blogosphere transformed itself into a spy network? Now that would be interesting and challenging."

    LOL LOL oh my God...a spy network? O-k-a-y....

    "Max, you got "testicular fortitude" hahaha..."

    LOL thanks, I think...

    Celeste, awesome comment for which I thank you a million times :D.

    Cheers

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  8. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Wow, I've never been a cultural diplomat before. Does it come with benefits? I'll answer that. Yes it does. We get to have meetings of the mind. We get to entertain, inspire, inform, interpret our inner and outer worlds. Sometimes we collide with readers, but for the most part, we are cultural journalists painting the world with our brush and bringing back the art of debate. It's a laborious job at times to stay on our game and not waver from our identity, but in the end, it is a labor of love."

    I agree. What is a tiny collision? It is healthy for the mind, right lol ;)? Seriously, I totally agree with you.

    "May you/we continue to light the torch, spark an idea, lead a charge, be the sounding board of Generation B (Blogger). Keep up the good work. You never cease to amaze me with your provocative posts."

    Amen!! I love that "Generation B" ^5! Thanks, I will, girl *bowing*. LOL LOL "provocative"...that is the epithet people will remind me by LOL ;)..

    Lady A, thank you a thousand times for your amazing comment :D - always a pleasure!

    Provacative Cheers

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  9. Hi Looney :D!

    "Is that true? But I was trying so hard to be an uncultured diplomat ..."

    LOL LOL LOL it is true, man! Well, you haven't succeeded so far...but you can always keep trying lol ;)...

    Looney, thank you a lot for your sense of humour (you know I'm a fan) :D.

    Cheers

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  10. Hello Sabi :D!

    "I love new look of your blog. It's so technically excellent. Great job done."

    Thank you *bowing*! I am glad you loved it; but thank Blogger for it ;).

    Sabi, my darling, I hope all is with you and thanks for having dropped by :D.

    You are still on my thoughts!

    Cheers

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  11. Culture? What is that? You tell me what I do as a blogger. I am really curious to know.

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  12. Hi Rummy :D!

    "You tell me what I do as a blogger. I am really curious to know."

    As a blogger you promote understanding through humour, cultural aspects of your country, you share a bit of yourself (which shows us all that, as humans, we go through more or less the same things)...trust me, you my friend are a Cultural Diplomat :D.

    Rummy, it is always a pleasure to have you here :D.

    Cheers

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