I think a lot of people, particularly those I come into contact with through work (the student movement being composed of 80% narcissists, 19% imbeciles and 1% brilliance – no comment on which bracket I belong in…) are very interested in themselves.
Now I have no problem with that, I am a great believer in being ‘the star of my own show’ and ‘looking out for number 1’ etc etc and due to my upbringing I have always felt that selfishness was a trait that was good in moderation.
Let me elaborate. *cough*
I just think that these sorts of people are… destined to blog.
In my mind I group together jobs in: performing arts, politics (us included) and sales into one taxa of human kind. The group in which lying (ok that’s harsh, let’s call it streamlining the facts) is a part of the job.
The idea of breaking free from the real world and it’s battery of ‘when-it’s appropriate-to-talk-about-yourself’ rules and customs strikes me as something those people would be very interested in. What would please a politician more rapt attention and rapturous agreement in their ideas? They can always delete the comments that disagree with them or go in under a pseudonym and post adoration on their own blog.
It’s like a one way ticket to reinventing yourself and being whoever you want to be, or whoever you want people to see you as. Perfect for those who want to streamline some of the unfortunate truths that surround them. I may be doing those sorts of people an unjustice. Actors may just want to entertain, politicians to make the world a better place and sales people to kit the world out in Abercrombie and Bitch. Maybe they should release that tension through blogging and go and be a doctor or something.
Anyway, as you may come to know and love, I like the preface discussions with where I got the idea from… despite being relatively unrelated.
I’ve been toying with the idea of an anonymous blog. I think it’s a very sexy idea, like being a superhero wearing a mask. Think of all the films or books based upon someone living out their closeted desires behind a pseudonym or costume. Can a blog be different? I imagine the inner narcissist in those who are prone to blog (see above) would, if said anonymous blog were to be successful, feel the need to expose themselves so they could personally take credit for it. A sort of coming out ceremony. You could see something interesting there, more than one person taking credit for a particularly good piece of online literature. It’s like when al-Qaeda take responsibility for things they quite clearly didn’t do. I’m pretty sure they’ve taken responsibility for killing the last Pope.
Or you could blog about someone. Now before you start dreaming up images of me hidden in a tree outside someone’s window with an iPad…. think more like, an anonymous blog about someone, by someone who was very close to them. It’s a bit like a fly on the wall scenario, imagine if the private secretary to the Queen kept a secret log detailing her every move? I imagine it would be obvious though who was writing it though. Don’t pretend you wouldn’t read that.
9am – Queen wakes up, demands toothpaste be gently massaged into her gums by Royal trained monkey.
9.10am – Queen puts on M&S pants in an effort to understand the recession.
9.11am – Queen takes of pants and decides she’s rather go commando.
I would read that. For sure.
Blogs have this dual nature, either to be used to conceal your identity… or to make you more open and transparent. I suppose that only counts for the ones that aren’t about cooking or something, even though I do like those! I can’t think of another medium that makes this possibility so real. Instant mass communication from the comfort of your own home, or tree outside the Queen’s window.
So, in my usual way, some questions… what do you think the future of blogging is? Is it destined to collapse under it’s own weight? Everyone blogging all the time so no one reads anyone’s because they’re either all the same or too busy writing their own blog. I suppose I have to admit some hypocrisy here, having just started blogging myself. Or perhaps it’s about critical mass, maybe one day enough blogs and bloggers will exist for them to sustain each other, with no one stopping or starting, endlessly feeding off each other as sources.
George Siemens wrote:
“The heart of blogging is linking…linking and commenting. Connecting and communicating – the purpose of the Internet”
But put on your gum shields people, Daniel B. Beaulieu writes:
“The casual conversational tone of a blog is what makes it particularly dangerous”
Given that I wrote above about the Queen going commando, I think that’s the one I’m going to go with.