Monday, January 23, 2006

Doug Pagitt recently wrote some interesting thoughts concerning the purpose of blogs and the pitfalls that come along with them. I'm inclined to agree with most of what he says...

After three years of keeping a blog and reading many I have come to a conclusion: In my experience personal blogs are useful for allowing people to stay in touch and know what people are up to, but are not a suitable place for the exchange of ideas - ultimately they do more harm than good - in my opinion at least.

Blogs allow people to draw assumptions, and jump to conclusions (then link to them or comment on them without interaction or correction) that would not take place in casual conversation nor would be tolerated in other settings. People would never be able to "sound bite" one another and draw conclusions in a vacuum and then go on and on about them on their own blogs.

I think that blogs are adding to a culture of misunderstanding. Too many times, it seems to me, that the way people read blogs and respond to them is like listening to one end of a phone conversation and then having the person set down the phone and begin to comment on what the person on the other end is saying with the other phone partner no longer being part of the conversation.

I have decided to stop using this blog for the sharing of ideas, it will remain a place of personal updates.

I am toying with the idea of creating a passworded blog for the exchange of ideas with people who will behave in ways that are acceptable in other situations, but I am not sure about that yet. I might move to audio or video casts in the hope that most of the people who use this technology so poorly will either be too lazy to listen to the whole thing, or will have to pay more attention than they currently need to.

I am a big fan of the posture and technology that allows for all views to be shared and easily interconnected, but I am convinced that in the circles I run in the use of blogs to share ideas and thoughts for the world to pick apart, misunderstand and use for their own benefit does not lead to a better world of deeper understanding. It is a negative force in the process of creating more open and interesting dialog. Maybe after some time passes we will all learn to use this technology in ways that increase understanding and companionship.

So, unless I change my mind, and please do not attempt to change it for me, you need not return here for thoughts, but you are welcome to keep up on the life and happenings of the Pagitts.

Please know that is not in response to any one particular post but is a decision I have been contemplating for some time.

So please stay tuned for an upcoming pictureshare.

I would say that "blogs are adding to a culture of misunderstanding" is my favorite part of those thoughts.

Doug's a very smart guy, so I think this is worth exploring a bit.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats unfortunate. You had a great blog. Its too bad your so linked to this guys feelings. I think this blog has been fun and exciting, even if its not always the chic stuff I like. I'm sorry to hear that this is the decision you have made.


:>)

January 23, 2006 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, guilty conscience? Here's a clue: if you're going to manipulate the situation so that is more favorable to you (i.e. chic stuff)then you may want to consider not being so ridiculously coy. Lose the smiley face, too. Make up your mind. You're either angry or your not. It's a decision: try making up your mind

January 23, 2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger Jackie R. said...

Drew - I think people are reading Doug's words as if they are yours... but I could be wrong. I agree that Doug has some really good points. Same as your experience... people read my blogs and then think they know me. Like politics... I am waaayyy less conservative than I come across - but I am guilty of what Dog says! I read something that makes me mad and then blog all about it... erg. Interesting. I think there is a lot of good that can come from blogs too but def. leaves room for lots of negatives.

January 23, 2006 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like I'm gonna have to get my hands dirty. (I really hate when these buttons get pushed!)

Anonymous...What the HELL are YOU talking about??????

1st..When I read the post I somehow began to think some of it was Drews. I was obviously confused. My fault!

2nd... Guilty conscience? Manipulate the situation?? Coy? and you are ________???Please explain that one! Seems Im not the only one here!!

3rd...What the hell did you read that gave you the insane idea that I was angry?????

4th....If you decide to assume I am angry this time......well its about damn time your on key for once!

Drew,
Sorry to use your comment space for this. I just couldnt hold back.

one more thing....

:>)~

January 23, 2006 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The smiley face with the tongue was a nice touch, Anonymous. Touche! So which is then? If you're obviously not angry or you're not trying to manipulate the blog content, is it safe to assume you're trying to manipulate DBrown. Maybe cajoling him into "using his extra coin?" That's sad. I was thinking you and "Lady and Waiting" could take a stab at reality dating/flirting. Maybe Bingo is your thing. Kareoke? The stakes are a little higher: you actually have to meet face to face. Oh yeah, and they'll probably want to know your identity. People are so quirky! Is that possible?

Signed,
Coward (like all of us who won't sign our name)

p.s. "I'm going to have to get my hands dirty." What's the matter, Popeye's "that's all I can stands, I can't stands no more" seem too obvious. I'd make a smiley face, I would just rather not seem like I was in junior high.

January 24, 2006 5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you get the irony at the end, anonymous? You see, I didn't want to act like I was in Junior High, but just by leaving all of these comments, I actually am acting like it. That's funny. It was on purpose. It's irony. It's a blog. Get out a little.

Signed
Coward

January 24, 2006 5:44 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

It's funny because the anonymous comments here, besides being entirely confusing, pretty much prove Drew/Doug's point here.

January 24, 2006 6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seemingly,"The rude anonymous" has paid way to much attention to things I have written. Its seems a bit strange that someone who just reads this blog would remember so much! I would understand if it was your blog, then of course you would remember.....or is this your blog?
hmmm...

January 24, 2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger Anna P said...

I've decided people, in general, enjoy drama.

January 24, 2006 9:26 AM  
Blogger Anna P said...

I like my Jack Bauer pajamas.

January 24, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger isaiah said...

yeah, what scott said.

January 24, 2006 10:57 PM  

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