Sunday, June 26, 2005

The "right" blog

It amuses me to no end when people bemoan the fact there is a lack of political views on blogs. Many complain about bloggers not being interesting because they do not provide intellectually stimulating pieces. I wonder why there is a prerequisite for a blog to offer some kind of social commentary before it can be consider note-worthy.

While it is not realistic to assume that your blog is your private sanctuary, it doesn’t mean that all bloggers have to write for an audience in mind. Maybe you do not appreciate the “boring” life of a 18-year-old NSman who keeps complaining about being “tekan”, but a large part of a blog’s appeal lies in its ability to let its readers take on the roles of voyeurs from the safety and comfort of their homes.

There is also a particular someone who accused local bloggers of posting a lot of photos on their sites as ruses to make up for their lack of eloquence. “Relying on the old adage a picture is worth a thousand words” is “to compensate that they can’t write worth shit”, said he. It would be splitting hair but the very definition of the word “adage” already means that there is some truth that a picture DOES paint more than a few words. If the gist of the author’s blog is already spoken in the photo, why is there a need for a lengthy shitful composition for the topic in mind?

Furthermore, one can gather a lot about the popular culture of a country through reading about the daily lives of its citizens. Ever heard of ethnographic research in a naturalistic setting? Explicit descriptions are not the ONLY way to learn more about pop culture. Besides, there are already books of authority covering this aspect of knowing.

If this blog is not as intellectual as you would like it, why not move on instead of whining about its inadequacies? (^-^)

11 comments:

violet gem said...

TRUE! agree with you, i do.

if a blog is so boring or non-intellectual, why do these bunch of *god knows what they are* still bother to read and leave comments.

jllt said...

I don't know what they are thinking about actually. Perhaps only when everyone conforms to their ideals then they will rest.

Darth Sidious said...

heh..
Now that's intellectually stimulating.

Besides, the author in question is just another sheep in the flock. There's plenty of intellectually stimulating blogs, just that they don't get as much publicity/exposure as other less 'intellectual' ones..

Hejin said...

So right. Blogs don't have to be intellectual all the time. Those whiners are really ironic. They don't like the blog, yet they keep coming back. What for? =S

fabz said...

agreed. :)

fabz said...

btw, just know i was at chinatown and tried the guiling gao that u recommended...it's not bad...the only drawback is that it has only one flavour...heh.

fabz said...

*now, not "know" i mean...paiseh, heh

jllt said...

Darth Sidious: I think they just like to look at particular sheeps. The rest of the flock doesn't matter to them because they can hardly flame those they agree with.

hejin: I think non-intellectual blogs quite interesting. Those that are bitchy are the best!

fabz: You really taking my advice! Try the peanut/sesame paste. Fab!

Heavenly Sword said...

your blog has a blend of pictures, pop culture stuff, and analytical stuff - it's an ideal mixture! :)

jllt said...

Heavenly sword: I like to crap about anything!

kukukucinta said...

i also like to post a lot of pictures cos my engerish not so powderful....lol.