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Ironic timing

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(crossposted to dot_cattiness)

I'm stung by the sheer timing of finding this, as I read uh, well, the first diary I've read in years.

From corante.com (via boingboing.net) I got:

As i’ve written before, blogging is rhetorically situated between journalism and diarying. Most often, people label blogging as one or the other in order to degrade it. The NYTimes pulled this act today because they have a professional interest in portraying convention bloggers as “low-brow” and unworthy of reading, while the NYTimes will present the real “high-brow” convention story. By framing bloggers as diarists, the NYTimes is demanding that the reader see blogs as petty, childish and self-absorbed.

Apparently, comparing blogging to one of the older forms of literature (the diary dates back the better part of a millennia, if we go from the example of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a core piece of classical Japanese literature) is demeaning blogging as immature. I did not realize that modern journalism was older than the printed word, and feel I must thank the author for her brilliant insight.

I also would thank the author for shedding light on the fact that 'diarying' is an appropriate declension of any verb in the English language.

Somewhere, an entire nation of literature professors are lining up to weep at the grave of H. L. Mencken.
  • "millennia" is plural ...
    • Deliberate error, intended to go hand-in-hand with the misuse of 'declension'.
  • I don't know that the author of the article herself feels that diarying is low-brow; it seems to me that it's just her point that this is the way the NYT is trying to portray it. And she is, incidentally, right. The idea is to portray the bloggers not as forward-thinking insta-journalists, many of whom are more eloquent than their printed counterparts, but instead as mewling, incompetent amateurs on par with four thousand livejournalistas that tpye liek tihs omfg lol omfgwtfbbqxtc. Is it right? No. Is it fair to the art of journal-writing or diary-keeping? (Let us, for a moment, ponder the roots of the word "journalism.") No. Absolutely not.

    As an underhanded technique intended to make bloggers look like amateurs, thus delegitimizing their writing, will it work?

    Sadly, the answer is probably yes.
    • I agree. I just think it's foolish to equate bloggers who can write their way out of paper bags with [Bad username: spasticfriggingmonggotard]; rather like it's foolish to equate Sei Shonagon with Bridget Jones.
  • but.

    It is actually No Brow, isnt' it?
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