"the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time..." -- Kerouac

Saturday, November 26, 2005

An idea emerges

OK. I think we're getting close to something.
(Didn't Letterman's writers used to do a feature called "Is This Anything?")
The trick is to make sure we don't wind up repeating stuff we've already done. But Aldon asks
an old question in a new way.

And I'll ask it in yet another way. Blogging is sort of the opposite of the proto-koan about the tree falling in the forest with nobody there to hear it. Blogging is an activity that appears isolative but is rather the opposite. It's shouting in a forest that has a thousand eyes and ears.

The artist's journey is meant to be lonely. Think of Sondheim's song Finishing the Hat, which by the way turns out to be the name of someone's blog. (Of course it does.)

But each blog artist meets his or her community while producing art, often of a deeply personal nature. (Please read this blog a bit.) So communities form. And the lonely job of the artist is somehow incorporated into the life of a tribe. Check this post from the same blog which echoes Elin's Thanksgiving blog-angst.

Aldon also cited this blogger whose raison d├ętre seems to be the lighting of candles of community against the darkness of alone-ness. Look over her blog. The link I offered was just one example.

So what does all this hallooing in the canyons of cyberspace add up to? One answer can be had by reading all the class blogs, especially your comments to one another, especially about burning issues.

Is blogging changing the nature of communication? (and is it clear that when I embed a link, I really want you to read a lot of the site, especially, in this case, this, again?


At 5:43 PM, Blogger Nile said...

Michele is damn good at being a teeny bit full of herself. The constructive media stuff, though, is fascinating. Doesn't our experience on the political websites and the crazed commenters confirm his theorY


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