When you look at various blogospheres of different nations, much of the differences tend to center on politics, ideology and socio-economic status. In the Arab blogosphere this is even more apparent and differences tend to represent polarities.
I didn’t notice this until recently but the Jordanian blogosphere, all be it small and representing a small country with a small population, is pretty diverse culturally. Most can be categorized as: Arab, Jordanian, Palestinian, Christian, Muslim, Circassian, Armenian, Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese and Moroccan; one or two of the above, or a mix of all of the above (some how) and other attributes not mentioned.
I mention this because as an Arab, when I think of all of those categories under one roof or in one single environment, it’s hard for me not to imagine cultural conflict.
And I mention this because some might say that Arab bloggers tend to only represent higher socio-economic (elitist if you will) stratum of their country. But there’s something to be said about the spirit of one’s country; something that tends to be embedded in everyone regardless of wealth or lack thereof. And Jordan being the crucible I feel it is in the Arab world manages to support a spirit that lets everyone get along.
This is something that becomes emphasized once you’re on the World Wide Web and the world feels that much more smaller.
And I admit, it is comforting. In some strange way it is a comforting feeling when I see various Jordanian bloggers celebrating their various origins, be they religious, ethnic and/or cultural. It’s even more comforting when you get the sense that everyone (or the majority at least) has a similar vision for Jordan.
So there’s something to be said about that.
This post was a small attempt at doing so.