It is as important to follow up on issues as it is to mention them

One of the problems we have about activists is that they don’t follow up on issues. A lot of people are aware of the problems but less and less people are trying to complete a task of problem-solving.

Many people are only listening and collecting some basic information about problems but they mostly get tired of repeated concerns. Because of social networks, people are now used to diverse ‘material’ that expresses things in a completely superficial, raw, and non-specific way. And it is only suitable for entertainment, not informative exchange.

We see less and less people who focus on a problem and try their best to finally solve it. Of course we can’t, nor we have the right, to stop people who want to be active in different fields but without guiding them, the bigger problem still remains.

Many of our audiences are tired of us repeating problems and us to go through one problem after another without actually doing anything about them. Some seem to expect the problems to be solved only by mentioning them.

The thing is that mentioning and talking about a problem is one thing, and actually trying to fix it is another. We can’t fix problems by talking about them. If you talk about math problems a lot, you won’t be a mathematician. The only way to fix those problems is to learn math and actually trying.

However, I should mention that gaining people’s attention about a problem is one way to fix it.

With public knowledge and global attention, we can have the power of people to change something. For example, in the matter of privacy, people’s attention is something that can fix the problem for good. It’s not enough of course but it’s an important precondition.

Anyway, many of us can’t stay active on one thing. We want to have activity and impact on various stuff and it can only, well not only but mostly, lead to being unsuccessful on all of them.

A good journalist is someone who does not give up a story until the whole truth is revealed, not someone who covers 100 different stories. Pick a problem, or even 5 problems if you can, and follow up on those issues till you do something effective, and don’t give up.

We don’t need to be a person who can do a lot of things, we should be a person who does one thing very good.

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Ali Reza Hayati

Entrepreneur, hacker, cypherpunk.