Samizdat (Russian pronunciation: [səmɨˈzdat]) was a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader, thus building a foundation for the successful resistance of the 1980s.
Samizdat was the original blog: a way for the silenced to tell their story, to express their opinion, to expose the truth of their condition without the need of a publisher, a printing press or the approval of anyone but their own.
Samizdat can take the form of hand-copied notes, typewriter texts made with carbon paper, duplicated cassette tape commentaries, xeroxed manuscripts or even diatribes disseminated through blogs over the Internet.
Samizdat is spread by the passing of it’s contents by friends. This is essence of blogging.
Vladimir Bukovsky defined it as follows:
“I myself create it, edit it, censor it, publish it, distribute it, and get imprisoned for it.”
This is my story, my thoughts, my exposition of the truth based on facts, my diatribe.
This is my iSamizdat.