Thursday, July 08, 2004

RAISON DE BLOG

Sounds like "raisin' the roof." Ok, only a little.

Everyone's so contemplative this week! Here's an article from this week's Jewish Week about "The New Diarists." (That's us, bloggers, just to clarify.)

Personally, I think blogging's more than just journal entries. The anonymous confessional component is certainly a formidable one, but I think it's a combination of lots of other factors/conditions: reaction to repression, self-publishing for writers of all types, histrionic need for the attention of others, creating a community of the like-minded, stirring up passions and opinions, reaching people across cultural, language and religious divides, etc.

Emily Dickinson said that the soul selects its own society. IMHO, blogging is an illustration of that societal selection. We put ourselves out there, seek out others who share our views or who appreciate our perspectives, and find ourselves a virtual society, meeting friends and sometimes lovers in a new way, getting to know them from the inside out. It's really an amazingly powerful medium...

[After preaching to the choir, Esther bows modestly, and yields the podium to the people. Then, her society speaks.]

5 Comments:

At 2:08 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

I like to think I'm Everyman, only older and better-looking. But that's possibly my extreme vanity talking.

Also, I was chuckling over your exfoliative crisis (it was funny) and wanted to remind you not to blanch your skin for a while -- Madonna would know better, after all! -- but the comment thinga-doody wouldn't let me in, so to speak.

 
At 7:15 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Lisa said...

I bow to you my enchanting jewish goddess. Keep the Emily Dickinson on tap, you can never have to much of that broad.

 
At 12:30 AM, July 09, 2004, Blogger annabel lee said...

As a rather new entrant to the blogosphere, I've been reading the existentialist blog posts with great interest. I would love to touch people with my words, inspire great followings, move mountains, and all that good stuff. But I know that I'm not nearly so good a writer as some, including the divine Miss E./M., and the two main goals of starting my blog were to improve the quantity and the quality of my writing.

Btw - are we the internet-era equivalent of ham radio operators?

 
At 2:44 AM, July 09, 2004, Blogger singlegalnyc said...

Very insightful thoughts, Esther! Thanks for sharing. I'll read that article at a saner hour! Happy (belated) July 4th...

 
At 6:01 AM, October 04, 2004, Blogger Norma said...

But blogs can get out of hand. I now have four, plus a "journal" at a group thing. I need more fresh air.

 

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Thursday, July 08, 2004

RAISON DE BLOG

Sounds like "raisin' the roof." Ok, only a little.

Everyone's so contemplative this week! Here's an article from this week's Jewish Week about "The New Diarists." (That's us, bloggers, just to clarify.)

Personally, I think blogging's more than just journal entries. The anonymous confessional component is certainly a formidable one, but I think it's a combination of lots of other factors/conditions: reaction to repression, self-publishing for writers of all types, histrionic need for the attention of others, creating a community of the like-minded, stirring up passions and opinions, reaching people across cultural, language and religious divides, etc.

Emily Dickinson said that the soul selects its own society. IMHO, blogging is an illustration of that societal selection. We put ourselves out there, seek out others who share our views or who appreciate our perspectives, and find ourselves a virtual society, meeting friends and sometimes lovers in a new way, getting to know them from the inside out. It's really an amazingly powerful medium...

[After preaching to the choir, Esther bows modestly, and yields the podium to the people. Then, her society speaks.]

5 Comments:

At 2:08 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

I like to think I'm Everyman, only older and better-looking. But that's possibly my extreme vanity talking.

Also, I was chuckling over your exfoliative crisis (it was funny) and wanted to remind you not to blanch your skin for a while -- Madonna would know better, after all! -- but the comment thinga-doody wouldn't let me in, so to speak.

 
At 7:15 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Lisa said...

I bow to you my enchanting jewish goddess. Keep the Emily Dickinson on tap, you can never have to much of that broad.

 
At 12:30 AM, July 09, 2004, Blogger annabel lee said...

As a rather new entrant to the blogosphere, I've been reading the existentialist blog posts with great interest. I would love to touch people with my words, inspire great followings, move mountains, and all that good stuff. But I know that I'm not nearly so good a writer as some, including the divine Miss E./M., and the two main goals of starting my blog were to improve the quantity and the quality of my writing.

Btw - are we the internet-era equivalent of ham radio operators?

 
At 2:44 AM, July 09, 2004, Blogger singlegalnyc said...

Very insightful thoughts, Esther! Thanks for sharing. I'll read that article at a saner hour! Happy (belated) July 4th...

 
At 6:01 AM, October 04, 2004, Blogger Norma said...

But blogs can get out of hand. I now have four, plus a "journal" at a group thing. I need more fresh air.

 

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