As you may have of noticed, there has been a good deal of social discourse of late around blogging. Many self-labelled 'experts' have been penning articles attempting to outline the reasons for its new found popularity and social significance. Some I've read and some I've not. I won't bore you with the details related to my opinion on the subject - it would only add to the noise. What I will bore you with is a blurb from Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
that sheds some light on my take on blogging.
"The irresisitable proliferation of graphomania among politicians, taxi drivers, childbearers, lovers, murderers, thieves, prostitutes, officials, doctors, and patients shows me that everyone without exception bears a potential writer within him, so that the entire human species has good reason to go down the streets and shout: 'We are all writers!'
For everyone is pained by the thought of disappearing, unheard and unseen, into an indifferent universe, and because of that everyone wants, while there is still time, to turn himself into a universe of words.
One morning (and it will be soon), when everyone wakes up as a writer, the age of universal deafness and incomprehension will have arrived.
Kundera published this work in 1978. Obviously the web was 15 years away from being created, but that aside, it seems to me that he was speaking somewhat abstractly about blogging. I think he was on to something.