Thursday, May 19, 2005

More on Brownworth and blogs

Jerz's Literacy Weblog has another response to Victoria Brownworth's piece about blogs. The author makes some of the same points that I made, as well as some more learned observations. I especially like the closing paragraphs:

The essay is just as artificially constructed as the weblog. Yes, the essay has been around for hundreds of years, but its existence depends upon the existence of an intellectual aristocracy of educated men and women with the necessary leisure time to write back and forth to each other about subjects that they deem important, using rhetorical techniques and organizational patterns that they themselves deem effective.

The great Greek orators voiced similar complaints about a vulgar form of communication that they said killed spontaneity, and would permit anyone with a smattering of technical skill to masquerade as a great communicator.

The bastard art the Greek orators derided was called "writing".


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