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I've been out blog hunting, reading the innermost thoughts and dreams of complete and total strangers. While I haven't come across anything really salacious yet, there's a part of me that wonders if that's not part of my facination with blogs.

I'm sure that many people would question why anyone would put themselves out into such public consumption. I certainly did at first before I realized that blogging is a somewhat more honest form of communication that the tons of poetry and fiction we have here at Lit. All writers put something of themselves into their work. Most of it lies hidden beneath poetic liscense and metaphor or the persona of a fictional creation, but it is there.

Blogging is just much more in your face, less artifice and more substance in many cases. But the question remains, why do they do it? Is it a need to be heard by someone, even if it's a faceless stranger, or is it the anonymity of the internet allowing the author to present themselves in any light they choose without any real fear of judgement? I can't say for fact, but I would venture that level of percieved honesty is what makes reading blogs so popular. Its like reality televison, people like to watch.

Voyuerism is alive and well on the internet, and I'm not just talking about online porn.

Until next time..


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The following comments are for "Blogging: Voyeurism for the Electronic Age"
by Bartleby

I keep a massive number of online diaries (five right now) and so maybe I can give you some insight. One of them is one that everyone knows about (including my parents) I made it to practice my webdesign skills and see if I could perk the interest of strangers. I write boring day to day stuff there. Two of them are poetry/short story journals. One that everyone can have access to and one that holds stuff I want to be private (you know what I mean). There's a day to day one that is for more private thoughts about my life that no ones knows about, and finally, there's my philosophy one that I write in when I feel I have something semi-intelligent to say (that's the one on my profile here).

So why do I do it? Mostly because I love to write and get feedback on my daily life. Sometimes I just wanna get things off my chest and for me, writing really helps do that. I think alot of people use it to communicate with friends online and off, but moreso to create a picture of the self (especially with self-designed sites). I think blogs are much better than reality tv simply because they are more personal and holistic. Most blogs aren't just about drama, they're about the whole person...

Anyways, I've rambled enough so I'll stop now, hope I helped further your understanding. =D

( Posted by: Darkshine Raven [Member] On: October 29, 2003 )

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