Julian Assange makes the point in his debate with Slavoj Zizek and Amy Goodman (view here), that the right to speak is nothing without the right to know, and that the right to speak and the right to know are essentially about the right to communicate – the basis of a civilised society.
It is a brief point in the 2 hour long discussion; however it is most relevant to the impetus behind starting The Informal Review. It is a forum for contributors and readers to express their views on certain issues relating to means by which people relate to place, and the inherent values of people and place. (The community may be local, however the issues and activities mentioned link to broader social ideas, actions, movements.)
The value of technology, accessibility and the social tools created by people for people to communicate -in this case the blogger template- have been accepted (due to its availability) and overlooked.
We have taken blogging and the accessibility to the platform for granted. The accessibility to create-your-own-blog has provided people with the option of presenting an alternative to the institutionalised media. A dispersing of alternative news, events, reactions, knowledge and connections have given people access to facts, situations, places, interests they may not have otherwise encountered.
In relation to founding of The Informal Review as a blog, the social value of technology (for the creator/contributor/subscriber), the accessibility of it to anyone anywhere, and the immediacy of publishing and communication has been recognised as a liberal platform for open discussion, debate and celebration.
Engaging people through a body of work, network of sources (with provisions available to present others material on your blog), references, links, and multimedia is creating another level of discussion and citizenship of how we understand people and place, our [inter-]relationships to people and place and actively participating within the globalised culture of the internet.