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Friday, February 20, 2004



Da genre controversy

Some more thoughts on comments. There's this funny phenomenon - I go to politico blogs to vent my social laundry, then I get people coming here for more - and what do they find? Horribile dictu :)

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"Blog" is a word with a rapidly evolving meaning, it seems. There is even something like a militant movement towards re-defining the whole bloody concept. Apparently, blogs are supposed to be radically different from something as banal as a diary. Well, I can see how this may be important for those in the politico line. But the fact remains: 80% of all blogs are in fact mere diaries - not always so "mere" perhaps, but well - a genre is a genre.

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There was a big fad in the early 1900's for diary-writing. Among published writers, I mean. Some of those were witty and amusing, others plain boring. One good thing about the internet is that it's such a volatile media. I mean - all those millions of blogs that are currently being "published", where will they be tomorrow? Ten years of uptime for a webpage is like 100 years for a book in-print. For blogs the ratio is probably three times that. On the fading side, of course.

So my statement-of-purpose is: blog on and fade away.





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