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Friday, April 07, 2006

Or Am I Just Old Fashioned?
Today's bloggerI know that I have been absent for awhile; please forgive me. Last Friday was the beginning of convention; so I figured my fellow Democrats would forgive me.

I am having trouble and I am hoping my bloging companions can help me. I am upset by blogging in general. First of all, what the shit does blog mean??? Secondly, is this really the way we hear what people have to say now?

What happened to person to person contact? (I have spent most of this evening defending WHAT a Democrat believes and I think I did a great job. They felt the power from my voice and the reality of my words. I feel as though we try to promote our agenda through the internet. What is a personal conversation anymore? It feels as though we have surrendered our lives and our party to the internet and given it celebrity (or parental) power. However, can you hear or feel soul, it's just words on a screen.

My only question is how isolated do we want to become? Isn't writing a blog like writing a letter to your parents. . . meaning, you write to them as to why you shouldn't be grounded and that what you did was justifiable, therefore they should not punish you. You explain to them your side of the story without them being able to interrupt you. Are you more understood by exposing yourself in a safe forum or a political debate?

Democrats are for the people, their plight, their wealth, their differences, and their opinion, however what do you get from typed words on a screen or the written word. . . Does the average citizen really read a blog?

Does blogging really send the message that we will help the poor, the environment, the small businesses, the scientist, the religious, or anything else that we promote. My thought is no.

We need to have public sight and amazing speakers that make your blood boil. When they speak, you will want to scream out in joy for good fortune and anguish for the souls which are troubled (or vote).

In an age of technology, is it bad to say I would rather hear the person speak and be empowered by their energy?
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posted by Carly at 4/07/2006 05:55:00 PM

4 Comments:

Blogger Shelby said...

Well, when you metablog -- that is, blog about blogging -- then you've probably got a point. But the purpose of a blog can be to serve as a condensed briefing memo for people that have other things to worry about during the day besides international arms control treaties, organized labor, gun control laws, or stream buffers, but the DO have a lunch break at their desk, a computer, and a bored streak.

A good speech can be a great motivator indeed. Unfortunately we haven't got time to talk to every single person that needs convincing -- and frankly, if they can read something like what I cited about Iran on Wednesday and not go absolutely bat-shit crazy about this administration's abortion of a foreign policy, then there ain't a goddamn thing I can do for them in person aside from a slap in the face.

4/08/2006 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here, here, Carly! Blogs only reach the affluent, educated, and bored...or your friends who HAVE to tune in.

4/09/2006 04:32:00 PM  
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4/09/2006 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Carly,

A blog or web log is a cronilogical repository of thoughts and ideas of the author.

"What happened to person to person contact?" This is another form of it. We all have busy schedules and sometimes can't meet but I still want to keep up with distant friends. This is another medium.

"However, can you hear or feel soul, it's just words on a screen."
I have a long list of blogs to send you. People who are living in conditions we can't imagine. Some people are better writers than others and some are more willing to share.
If they are just words on the screen then what is conversation? a fart in the wind?

"y only question is how isolated do we want to become?" I think that by blogging your becoming more open than isolationist. I am sure Shelby can show the stats on the site to see how many people that is.


By sharing you ad to the voice that is silent in this country. The one that opposes the loss of personal freedom and undermining the constitution. You enbolden those that may not have a liberal community to turn to.

"Does blogging really send the message that we will help the poor, the environment, the small businesses, the scientist, the religious, or anything else that we promote. My thought is no"
You can reach more people through the blog than you can on foot. It is also a cost effective manner in which to do it. It doesn't mean you abandon other means but ad to them.

"In an age of technology, is it bad to say I would rather hear the person speak and be empowered by their energy?"
No it is personal preference. Of course there is a huge difference hearing a powerful speaker and being in an energetic crowd than reading the speach but we all can't be there.

If it helps when you blog don't blog to your parents but to the person who lives in a Red state looking for a like minded voice. Let them know they are not alone.

4/10/2006 01:06:00 PM  

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