Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thoughts on Blogging

From Thomas Friedman:

"It is impossible to imagine what it is going to be like in ten years when virtually everyone you know has a blog. But that is where we are heading. If you look at the phenomenon, an online social directory spreading virally in high schools and colleges, millions of young people now have a platform for telling their own stories." (Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Release 3.0 [New York: Picador, 2007], 118.)

From Michael Frost:

"What all blogs have in common is the host's/author's basic belief that his or her life or thoughts about life are worth sharing with anyone who will log on. It's either the most astonishing universal display of narcissism or the most liberating opportunity for the ordinary and the everyday to be celebrated. On one level, it looks like the liberation of the ordinary, but at another level it's an expression of hyper-reality: it looks like we are meeting people via the Web, but really we're meeting only the acceptable persona that they want displayed to the world." (Michael Frost, Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Chritian Culture [Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006], 88.)


John said...

is this the good life? where everyone can share their views without interuption?

Matt said...

Either that or it is the end of all civilization as we know it.

Author Fonzarelli said...

I don't think the blog revolution will be significantly different than previous media or technology revolutions. TV, computers, cell phones, internet, facebook, and blogs all have one thing in common. They are in existence for people and run by people. Only those people who choose to take part will be affected. As an anti-facebooker, facebook has little affect on me. The tech fads will come and go, and people will choose to embrace them or reject them. Atari anyone? Thats still in right?

Matt said...

I like Frost's assessment. Sure it's cool that anyone can have a blog and "tell their story," but I also think it's a bit narcissistic.

I was anti-facebook and anti-myspace for a long time. But I guess I got sick of people looking at me like I was some kind of dinosaur for not being in to that kind of thing. So, I gave in and went the blog route. That way I can still say with pride, "I don't have a myspace page." :)