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Blogging: a subtle appeal to human pride?

In a world of pervasive blogging and social media Andy Wharhol's 1968 prediction that "everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" has lost non of its allure. Is the desire for public attention now invading the church?

by Watchman

on the practice of blogging, the broadcaster Andrew Marr opined:

"A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate pimpled, single, slightly-seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting their mothers' basements and ranting. They are very angry young people."

Marr qualifies his observation by referring to 'a lot' of bloggers who 'seem to be'. So he is referring to many, not all; and to his perception rather than proven fact. Having said that he is probably not too far off the mark.

However there are many - an increasing number even - who do not fit Marr's description. Many professional journalists and business people make good and – for their readers – helpful observations on current issues.

Who cares about domestic trivia?

But then there are others. Even amongst those newspaper columnists who have something interesting, amusing or informative to say there are othes who seem to think that the average reader has the time or interest to read about what their cat had for breakfast or their baby doing a whoopsie on the carpet - or the other way round.

It's banal and it's boring, but it also worse that that. This form of behaviour illustrates a facet of the human psyche – the need to be noticed; and the inate pride which suggests that the world is poised on tiptoes to learn which brand of toothpaste the writer uses.

Now please don't misunderstand me, there is nothing whatsoever wrong with a blether over a cup of coffee, or its equivalent over the phone or on a Facebook page. It's when the time spent doing these things consume hours of our day or become an addictive form of pride which believes that the world will be bereft it is denied its daily dose of our received wisdom that the difficulty and problem arises.

How we spend our time...

In an earlier age someone once said that you can tell who a person's god is by looking at their cheque stubs and diary. The message being that how we spend our discretionary time and money shows where we place our values.

So, the question is just how much time is being spent by the followers of Christ in front of computer screens or on mobile phones in order to read or write about trivia.

Amongst those who are the most vulnerable to the seduction of social media are the socially-maladjusted youths of Andrew Marr's perception. But is there a wider spectrum of people caught up in all of this? Could it be me? Could it also be you?

Watchman, 02/02/2011

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Penny Lee 22/02/2011 18:54
Apologies Paul for taking you too seriously. We're back to the emoticon issue again!

Peter - we all have access to knives but the majority of us only use them to cut our bread... Let's not get rid of knives, Just take them off those with evil intentions.

I introduced my children to computers and the internet because I knew they would find their way there in time and preferred for them to use it under my supervision and to show them how to keep safe and learn about SPAM etc.

Blogs, in general, completely bore me. I'm really not interested in how others spend a normal day unless a normal day for them involves some really exciting activities in which I have great interest. Neither will I be posting my photo - my face is of interest to no-one other than my dear husband (I hope!).
Martin Lisemore 22/02/2011 19:22
Andrea, the gallery was only light hearted. You wouldn't want to see me.
Editor 22/02/2011 20:36
Admin note: The Address Book on this site has a facility for pictures and a brief personal message. But you need to be logged in to see these details.
Pawlo 22/02/2011 21:10
Yes, it all comes down to common sense really. Gerry makes a good point about facebook, though it does have an age restriction so shows that it could be open to abuse.

I'll post a picture of me, my wife and children in the address book for some context seens as its only you lot who can see it. It'll put a face to a name and maybe make me more than stubborn, argumentative text on this forum!
Penny Lee 23/02/2011 00:12
" the gallery was only light hearted"

I know - Ed, we really need these emoticons!
Editor 23/02/2011 08:40
"Ed, we really need these emoticons!"

I submitted the request some time ago. Basically the developers either:
(a) choose to implement changes in their own time and in their own way or
(b) respond immediately to requests for new facilities if the person(s) making the request have money to pay them for the time and expense of implementing changes.

(And if I could find an emoticon to express (with a wry smile) "That's life" then that's the one I would choose.

However I will submit the request again. But if anyone has any money to pay them for the work then that might help it along (smile/wink/grin/duck and run).

Martin Lisemore 23/02/2011 09:08
Ed. How much are we talking about, please?
Pawlo 23/02/2011 12:18
Facebook and Middle East Peace anyone?
Martin Lisemore 23/02/2011 16:38
First, it's difficult to determine to what extent Facebook and Twitter have been used to influence events in the Middle East. In the case of Egypt, it was claimed after one weeks riots, the protesters had their intelligence base on Facebook, which is a contradiction of terms in my opinion.

Certainly mobile phone networks were buzzing as protesters updated each other with continuing events.

Shimon Peres, the elder statesman of Israel, last of the old school of politicians like Golda Meir, Yitzak Rabin, and David ben Gurion. Reading the article carefully, he's actually saying technology companies could use some of their undoubted cash mountains to provide work in the Middle East, and high speed communications with the rest of the world.

As an example, Apple currently has $48 billionillion cash surplus, and it's growing by 15% a year. They could re-locate their hardware production from China to the Middle East. But consider other initiatives over many years designed to provide employment and material security. They've come to nothing, and I think it's unlikely anyone would invest in such a notoriously unstable region. Besides which, Steve Jobs is Syrian by birth raised by American adoptive parents.

Consider also, as America is currently slashing $67 billion off Federal expenditure, Apple removing even $20 billion from the US economy would raise howls of protest. Apple also have a corporate and legal responsibility to it's shareholders, to invest it's money wisely.

I have to admit some ignorance here. I can't quite say where we stand Biblically on this one. Anyone?

I admire Perez, he's been good for Israel in some many ways. But my reading between the lines says, let's have yet another go boys.

I don't think such investment would bring any more peace than exists now.

Editor 23/02/2011 16:54
See new article: Shimon Peres: Google, Facebook and Antichrist
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