July 29, 2008

We Still Carry The Pain of Our Past Part II

Following the completion of the last post I had intended to go to sleep, but I had a thought that I had felt like sharing. One of the things that I like about blogging is that to a certain extent it levels the playing field of life.

Out here in cyberspace you are not judged upon your looks, who you know, where you went to school or any of the million little things people use to assess and categorize each other. That is not to say that we are freed from being evaluated, not at all.

But there is something nice about participating in something in which you know that some of the more superficial things are removed. The blog you are reading might be written by the stud, the loser, the Prom King, the nerd or that quiet neighbor no one knows.

Our here in cyberspace you get the chance to interact with everyone. Out here in cyberspace the pain of our past doesn't have to haunt you as it does in the so called real world. No one knows if you stutter or smell.

All we know is what we read and the image that we compose of the author and I kind of like it. What do you think?

10 comments:

One Wink at a Time said...

I like that everything gets pared away and that what we have to say, which is what's most important anyway, becomes paramount. And what is truly fascinating is all the different ways people find to say what they do.
Without all that frivolous stuff like faces and bodies, it's easier to see one's heart. And that's where the good stuff is. Don't you think?

Leora said...

Although you may be judged on your ability to write a well-thought sentence in English. I've read some blogs that are sad pieces of composition, and I don't have the heart to keep reading.

frumhouse said...

Great post. It's kind of like reading a book vs seeing a movie. Sometimes when a book gets made into a movie, the director's vision is much different than yours and sometimes it matches exactly.

It's also like forming a vision of your favorite radio announcer - when you see a picture of them and they look absolutely nothing like the image in your head.

westbankmama said...

Great post Jack - you really sum up one great reason why I blog.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Oy, Jack - I was meant to see this post. Writing can be real, yet also not. On the one hand there are distractions removed, but there's a lot opened up. Imagination can allow people to think they know you - as one example. Like life, I find blogging to be exciting and scary, not always in that order. I think about the ins, outs, ups, and downs of blogging a lot - often (like just now) with a heavy sigh.

Bill Arends said...

The problem is that persons with communications problems, dyslexia and other Leaning disabilities will undoubtedly get pegged wrong.

I sit on the board of a Learning Disabilities Association, and have Dyslexia. When I am tired from my writing you might assume I barely graduate high school. Odd grammar and spelling appears throughout my writing.

So you may have stuttered or have a lisp and blogs give you anonymity but the Dyslexic can't hide in blogsphere as he can in everyday society.

Debbie said...

I like it this way also. I have met many great friends and some of us have gotten to know each other on a personal basis. But as you say, we are judged only by what we write, how we write it. That's a good thing.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Baila said...

So what happens when some of us meet at the upcoming convention. Will giving faces to our writing change things?

I have to say I'm...intrigued by this.

Jack said...

Without all that frivolous stuff like faces and bodies, it's easier to see one's heart. And that's where the good stuff is. Don't you think?

Absolutely. There is something very innocent and honest about doing it this way.

I've read some blogs that are sad pieces of composition, and I don't have the heart to keep reading.

Some of these grads need to go back to school. Their skills are abysmal.

Frumhouse,

Books into movies- that kills me. Rarely do I see a translation that makes me happy.

WBM,

Thanks.

Imagination can allow people to think they know you -

I have often wondered how closely my image/impression of a blogger matches reality.

So you may have stuttered or have a lisp and blogs give you anonymity but the Dyslexic can't hide in blogsphere as he can in everyday society.

Hi Bill,

That is an interesting comment and it is one that I hadn't thought of.


Hi Debbie,

Blogging has been a very positive experience for me. I am quite pleased with it and like you have made some wonderful friends.

Baila,

I have met a number of bloggers. It is a little disconcerting sometimes to encounter someone who knows so much about you, but has never met you in person.

V-Grrrl said...

I think we create online personas that reflect who we are or who we wish to be. So not a level playing field, really. Some people have a lot of blog charm!

That said, I interact and enjoy "meeting" some people I'd probably never cross paths with in real life, and I feel enriched from reading about their lives and in some cases, getting to know them personally