Monday, November 29, 2004


When the blogging revolution hit cyberspace, I laughed. Keeping a blog, in my view, was tantamount to yelling from atop a soap box, grandstanding, or, at worst, opening one's private diary for any random stranger to see. Then I was introduced to the supremely helpful world of legitimate academic blogging, and realized the use of the technology.

It should be known from this first post that this is not a blog for the lost ruminations of some starving artist, not is it a space for impassioned emo-kid venting a la Livejournal. This is not a space about my emotions or what happened in my day; this is a space for academic examination of far reaching topics ranging from the concrete to the abstract, from the political to the philosophical.
Those who want to keep journals and diaries, by all means, should. Those writings, though, should stay private and probably reserved for the eyes of the author. The blogosphere needs to be trimmed down to the academics with something to say. As amusing as the tirades of pre-teens are to read, it is far more useful to use this technology for the greater promotion of ideas and opinions.