Would Orwell or Marx have blogged?

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:04

Would Karl Marx or George Orwell have made good bloggers? Some opinions on that question here from a host of bloggers and commentators in a meditation on blogging from FT.Com's Trevor Butterworth. There is, says Trev, "a spectre haunting the blogosphere - tedium."

If the pornography of opinion doesn’t leave you longing for an eroticism of fact, the vast wasteland of verbiage produced by the relentless nature of blogging is the single greatest impediment to its seriousness as a medium.

"The point is," he says "any writer of talent needs the time and peace to produce work that has a chance of enduring. " The daily blogging treadmill, what some bloggers call "feeding the beast," stultifies output says Trev. And what happens to the blogger's material in the end? It's not even the stuff of tomorrow's fish and chip wrappers, is it?

And that, in the end, is the dismal fate of blogging: it renders the word even more evanescent than journalism; yoked, as bloggers are, to the unending cycle of news and the need to post four or five times a day, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year, blogging is the closest literary culture has come to instant obsolescence. No Modern Library edition of the great polemicists of the blogosphere to yellow on the shelf; nothing but a virtual tomb for a billion posts - a choric song of the word-weary bloggers, forlorn mariners forever posting on the slumberless seas of news.

I guess our Trev has never considered archives, or collections of columns collected together as books?

LINKS: Time for the last post - FT.Com [Hat tip Arts & Letters Daily]
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Bikemessenger's picture

What do you mean our Trev? He misses the point entirely, so he's your Trev not mine.

But seriously, if I want detached, remote but topical professional journalism, I'll buy a newspaper.

I'm here to find out what you think and tell you what I think.

I can't speak for any other blogger, but if I feel any pressure to produce, it is not manifest of adherence to any objectively quantifiable scale, but rather in form of motivation to make my thoughts on what I consider to be the important issues of the time publicly available. I intersperse these with personal experiences, which I tie in with or try to use as examples of broader and/or more abstract issues.


in case you're interested. I might post as infrequently as once every three or four days or four to five times a week at the other end.

But the point is, like you, I'm motivated strictly by what I want to say.

I see the "blogoshere" as a very plastic, expansive medium, of course it's going to project a given individual's foibles and of course it can serve as a self-made prison whose bars are those very foibles.

I can see how for some it can be an object lesson in the truism "be careful what you wish for", for me, I've yet to hit a down side.

---The Bikemessenger

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