Bloggers are living in a world where emotions may be real but everything else is make-believe, says a University of Calgary professor in a new book.
[…] Michael Keren, who has written "Blogosphere: The New Political Arena," suggests individuals who bare their souls in blogs are isolated and lonely, living in a virtual reality instead of forming real relationships or helping to change the world.
"Bloggers think of themselves as rebels against mainstream society,
but that rebellion is mostly confined to cyberspace, which makes
blogging as melancholic and illusionary as Don Quixote tilting at
windmills," the author says. […]
"In this world of blogging, which the whole world can read, you have
a personal expectation about a readership that’s just not there for the
millions of bloggers who are writing their personal feelings." […]
"Many of us end up like Father McKenzie in the ‘Eleanor Rigby’ Beatles
song, who is writing a sermon that no one is going to hear," he
suggests. "Some of us are going to be embraced by the mainstream media,
but the majority of us remain in the dark, remain in the loneliness."
As a critic of technology and self-loathing blogger, I’m inclined to agree. But it sounds like he’s painting with too broad a stroke, judging by this article anyway. I absolutely love the creepy book cover, though.