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Blogging’s Correlation To Crisis

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I’d like to put forth the contention that the any increase or decrease in blogging is directly correlated to the occurrence or absence of crisis’.  In fact the birth of blogging can be attributed, to a degree, to the occurrence of a crisis.

Blogs have been around for nearly 15 years.  At its inception, blogs were considered to be online diaries or journals.  In 2001, blogs emerged as a news source.  Less a diary and more free form journalism.  I would put forth the notion that the events of 9/11 contributed, in part, to the explosion of blogs.  Following 9/11, the populace openly questioned the honesty of the government and mainstream media.  Questions were abound as to what the government knew prior to the attacks and whether they failed to act on possible intelligence.  Rather then turning to mainstream media who are regarded as the mouthpiece for those in power, people turned online looking for “outside” news sources.  Journalists took note of the demand and blogs became a wide-spread necessity.

The following Afgan and Iraqi War further fueled the expansion of blogging.  A highly unpopular presidency also contributed.  However, it is not so much the crisis event as it is the reaction crisis’ spur in the average person.  A crisis naturally presumes a high stress event.  A high stress situations in turn require an outlet for expression.  In addition, a crisis spans all cultural boundaries leaving us with a rare occurrence that connects us all.  It is our empathy for tragedy and conflict that brings us together, and curiously apart as well.

All of these things boil together to form either a highly contentious or bonding unity across a wide area of people.  Our compulsion to express the opinions we’ve formed around a crisis drives us towards the easiest of all avenues – blogging.  We want to reach out across the world and let it be known how we feel on an unfolding topic.  Partly to fulfill our own personal need to be heard, but because a crisis possesses the appearance that decisive action must be taken.  And as a survival technique, we feel driven to herd as many others into out “decision” camp.

This is evident in the explosion of partisan, illogical political blogs that have sprung up as the Presidential election began and is reaching it’s peak.  In a sense, surrounded by numerous peripheral crisis’, the election has become the personification of their collective events.  Blogging has become the irrational mouthpiece for citizen politics.  Your either on this side or that.  Join us or the crisis we are faced with will devour us.

I am sure that once the election is over, the next president has been inaugurated, and passed his first 100 days in office, the blogging world will turn to the next major crisis.  The economy is a potential target if it devolves into a depression.  In short, the common blogger is drawn to the next crisis like a sheep offering little in the way of analysis, and instead just shouting from the bully pulpit.

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Written by huxbux

October 15, 2008 at 12:42 am

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