Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Oblivion City

Many people have attempted to define the blog phenomenon -- some offer nothing but praises, whereas others think it is insignificant and a waste of time on the part of the bloggers. I personally think one semi-famous blogger put it best when she compared blogging to "having a conversation". Although that comparison was made in the context of whether blogs need any sort of regulation (as in the case of journalistic writing), blogs do bear certain resemblance to conversations conducted in everyday life. The point here is that the influence of blogs is a often exaggerated.

Some pundits try to make the case that the lives of certain celebrities have been altered by the critical writings of bloggers, but you can argue that those celebrities did things that caused people to raise eyebrows in the first place. If there were no such things as blogs, the bad conducts would still be talked about at dinner tables, parties, bars, offices, and eventually some journalists would smell a story and broadcast them. Blogs simply shorten that process.

Years ago, when cassette recording device was popular, people used cassette tapes to record messages and mail them to their loved ones far away, and some used cassettes to make private audio diaries -- very similar to the functions of blogs today. With the lightning speed of technological advancement, it is entirely possible that, some day, blogs may become as out-of-fashion as cassette tapes and be banished to the infamous "Oblivion City".

(No, not the TV show. Please spare us; we have to live here.)

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