9/26/2005

European Tribune - Blogging is like Frying a Small Fish

Soj from Flogging The Symian is not blogging anymore, bummer! On her last post she gives an excellent take on the blogging phenomenon -- law

[the sound of a million blogging voices is] ..the birth cries of an empowered populace - one that is not only better informed than any people in history but one which is also self-informed. That's so fundamentally revolutionary I don't think any of us can appreciate the power of it. And it isn't restricted to the borders of any country either, but spreading out like a virus in every language across every ocean.


Blogging is like Frying a Small Fish

by soj
Mon Sep 26th, 2005 at 01:30:41 PM EDT
I've never been a big fan of fanfare and I'm certainly not changing now. But all of you have been very good to me over the years and I can't quite slip out the door without at least saying goodbye in a decent manner. ..

although I'm not a real big rap music fan, a comment by Kidspeak struck a deep resonance with me. The truth is I've played my part but it's a part that was and shall always remain absolutely useless without everyone playing their parts too. The blogosphere gives everyone the right to publish, and be read, by 5 or 5 million. Yet it cannot serve its vital function unless people write.

That almost sounds too simplistic I know, but sometimes the most powerful things are the most simple. Do you think you're "not as good" as I am? Do you think you can't write as well as I do? Are you in awe of what I do? Well guess what? I used to be in awe of other heavyweights, including MeteorBlades, but it never stopped me from picking up the keyboard. So what if he's a better writer than me? We're all in this together folks and we've all got to do our part. We've all got to write. We've all got stories only we can write, whether its tales of growing up by Boo or Kid O or M Tracy's historic visit to the August heat outside in Crawford. Every voice counts here, every last one, and if you're capable of reading this, you're capable of writing!

We've all got to write for those who can't - for those who have not yet heard of the internet, for those with no access, for those fighting for survival. We've got to write for the voiceless, the dispossessed and the teeming masses of the world. The critics say every voice added contributes to a kind of chaotic noise but to me it sounds more like the birth cries of an empowered populace - one that is not only better informed than any people in history but one which is also self-informed. That's so fundamentally revolutionary I don't think any of us can appreciate the power of it. And it isn't restricted to the borders of any country either, but spreading out like a virus in every language across every ocean.

I've got to disappear for a while but I'll never be completely gone. They won't get rid of me that easily ;) But don't mourn my "passing" or celebrate it too heavily, because in the final analysis, this hasn't really got anything to do with me. I was a tiny cog in a gigantic gearshift that's changing the very fabric of reality. And it's up to all of us to help turn the wheel of change until every person on earth has free and random access to all the information of humankind - from "objective" news reports to lunatic babble. Humanity is coming into its own in a way not seen since the days when a village was a major population center.

Ok folks.. time to fade to black here (for a while). So long and thanks for all the fish!

European Tribune - Blogging is like Frying a Small Fish

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