Here is a quote from the conclusion of Sara Boxer’s essay on blogs, as published in the current issue of The New York Review of Books. I find her observation interesting and ironic in light of the explorations I have been doing lately (regarding the separation of the writer from the writing). This is the best essay on the blogging phenomenon I’ve ever seen.
“Finally, I think I get the superhero fixation. It’s the flying. It’s the suspension of punctuation and good manners and even identity. Bloggers at their computers are Superman in flight. They break the rules. They go into their virtual phone booths, put on their costumes, bring down their personal villains, and save the world. Anonymous or not, they inhabit that source of power and hope. Then they come back to their jobs, their dogs, and their lives…
“Blog writing is id writing–grandiose, dreamy, private, free-associative, infantile, sexy, petty, dirty. Whether bloggers tell the truth or really are who they claim to be is another matter, but WTF. They are what they write. And you can’t fake that. 🙂 “
Read the article in full: Sara Boxer’s essay on blogs in The New York Review of Books online.