Next September it will be a decade since Facebook became available to the general public. Since that time, Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Peoples worldwide have used Facebook to connect, express, and mobilise. The ready access that an email address gave, the easy and consistent interface, and the sometimes persistent pressure of one’s peers meant that most of us have willingly given ourselves over. For most, Facebook IS the internet. For a few others however, blogging becomes a goal once they realise the gated community has limitations. This paper will raise questions about how we provide support to those wishing to expand their communication opportunities, and to begin to create their own owned spaces.
Bio: In business since 1994, Leesa Watego is currently the Director of Iscariot Media Pty Ltd, a niche media enterprise focusing on creative, online and educational projects. Leesa is also an occasional academic, having worked as a full-time lecturer at Queensland College of Art. She is an active board member of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Independent Director of Viscopy, the Visual Artists Copyright Agency. Leesa has an Associate Diploma of Arts (Theatre Administration), a Bachelor of Commerce (Public Policy) from Griffith University, completed the Build Your Business programme with Edgeware Creative Entrepreneurship in 2008, and the Murra Indigenous Masterclass in 2015. Leesa started Deadly Bloggers, the first directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blogs in 2009 - http://deadlybloggers.com/. Follow Deadly Bloggers on Twitter @deadlybloggers and Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/deadlybloggers
Recommended CitationWatego, Leesa, Even the Activist’s Gotta Eat: Taking Ownership, Building Platforms, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 1(2), 2015.