Part One (of a maybe three part series)…
Blogging is the gilded cage of the Computer Immersed Generation.
It exaggerates (miles past the threshold of abuse) that Great American Myth of “a great novel is in EVERYone!” No, it most certainly is not. A great series of abstract articles is perhaps in everyone. The truly gifted have a “Long Run of a Great Series of Articles…”
Reflecting its times, that cherished myth is subsequently reduced to mere simplistic, pedestrian sharing of transient thoughts and so much comfortably easier than actually writing that Great Book.
It is the junk-food porn for Gen ADD; easy concepts written with functional facility designed for comforting repetition – for both author and reader. Pseudo-intellectuals pass vapid thought off as deep thought to simpletons likewise fascinated with Reality TV. Even more dangerous are well-intentioned simpletons who become enlightened enough to disavow Reality TV to instead “upgrade” worshiping (on a higher plane) at the feet of a similar false god – the blogger churning out equally recycled themes. This is not a malevolent relationship, but one of confusion in an age with too many choices. These are all prisoners of an identical habit who ignore the obvious similarity: The problem is not those hyping the empty container of snake oil, but the blind adherents wanting more… emptiness.
Exceptional and gifted writers contribute to this problem: The greatest disaster is, some of the best and brightest also happen to be writers structurally binding themselves to daily speculations spun in words replacing intelligent action. Fertile minds that may have caused change with real action blur and dilute amongst the mediocre in a mediated format. Progress is phoned-in, and writing of ideas trumps actual application of ideas. A dedication to writing trumps dedication to action. The “revolution” does not pass one by, but instead withers while the original thinkers tinker at their keyboards.
To use the harsh and intrinsically inaccurate criticism of academe: Those that can’t, teach. Here, is the milder observation on the new media,:
Those that won’t – write.
Both good and bad writers find themselves ensnared in traps where writing supplants doing – Ben Franklin is too busy editing Poor Richard’s Almanac, to participate in the revolution. Any revolution.
To Be Continued…
- Blogging: The Gilded Cage II (eradica.wordpress.com)
- Firepower’s Hierarchy of Blogging (eradica.wordpress.com)
- How Blogging Will Fail: Part I (eradica.wordpress.com)
- piggy STILL Clueless (eradica.wordpress.com)
- Fear and the coming collapse of civilization: Paul Gilding at TED2012 (ted.com)