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blogs and boundaries

one of the benefits constantly touted by blogging missionaries is the blog’s ability to bring people together. people who don’t know each other, who are physically distant, who harbor similar interests. this is definitely true – it gives you the ability to see inside somebody else’s life, a certain insight, a voyeuristic high. you can leave comments for these people you don’t know, become invisible friends via electronic code. it can round out an existence, providing knowledge, interesting reading, and camaraderie.

it can also do the exact opposite if you actually know the blogger in question. i know many people who direct me to read their blogs in order to learn of a funny experience – it’s an act meant to bring people closer to the blogger. they want us to know about them, and to learn about them in this online communal experience – the blog. but cyber-broadcasting the story is actually less intimate, and can even unwittingly distance the blogger from the reader. is it too cumbersome to relate the story in a personal email or by direct call? perhaps the blog is meant for a small circle of friends, but the very nature of the blog undercuts that notion and instead becomes a forum for all the world to read. it is almost demeaning at times to be directed to read a blog – it signifies that time is too important and mass-updating is the only efficient way to keep up.

far be it from me to prescribe what the nature of a blog should be – it can of course be anything to anyone. i do feel, though, that there are necessities of the human psyche that are being impaired by this new method of communication. i know it is only a matter of time before the behavior rights itself – destructive behavior is only tolerated for so long before the preservation mechanism kicks in. i don’t think that blogs will go away, i just think they’ll become more refined – a platform for thoughts, not what you ate for breakfast.

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