so i’ve completed 1 of 5, count ’em 5 final projects that i have to do by next thursday.
this one is a pathfinder on blogs for my reference class. I’m particularly pleased with this one. especially in light of the thoughts i’ve had recently about blogs and blogging.
there was that whole bullshit about the “revenge of the blog people” written by Michael Gorman and published by Library Journal. The thing that bugged me the most about his reactionary display was how much he just seemed to discount the medium because it’s relatively accessible. for those who have access to a computer and the internet (which isn’t as many people as we’d like to think) blog software and free blog hosting provides a quick, cheap, and easy public voice for people who may not otherwise have one. it permits blanket communication with like-thinkers, friends, and family. it allows real people to say what they want relatively unadulterated. granted, i’m painting a rosy picture, but for me this is the ideal of blogs — this is what they can do. I love blogs for the same reason i love unconventional autobiography. it’s a snippet of the way a person sees themself, or wants to see themself, written by their own hand.
i got a random e-mail from pete’s little brother the other day who i haven’t heard from in months and it was just a few lines. one of which was,
“If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date on my life (hah!) here’s my blog. I keep it pretty current.”
I love that the concept is so simple, a 16-year old gets it, embraces it, and uses it to share his life with me.
current listening: Don’t fear the reaper — Blue Oyster Cult