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The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
We fear that we do not know
The BBC asks Are you a digital Citizen? and the masses answer. Unfortunately some of the masses are as keen to prove their hypocrisy as much as their ignorance.

"Blogs are the vulgar baroque flourish on the classical frieze of literary tradition." (or so says "LJ" from Cambridge)
"Blogs are pathetic - suddenly every person on the planet has an opinion that just has to be heard. " (shame he didn't realise the irony of that statement)
"Bloggers are no better than those bloody awful senders of Round Robin Christmans letters. Self centred and arrogant. Greedy for more than 15 minutes of fame." (more irony perhaps?)
to the self righteous and pompous
"It's total hype. As for 'blogging' & 'blogs'? I'm a qualified website designer working in the industry, and I hadn't heard of them till the BBC started getting 'trendy' and using the term!"
to my personal favourite
"I have never blogged. I use a mobile phone for phone calls. If I need to take pictures, I have a perfectly acceptable digital camera. I leave films to the experts. I do not own an MP3 player. Luddite? Possibly. But I have worked in IT for 20 years, and run my own web design company. We concentrate on communication, and leave the toys to the children."

Why feel the need to belittle something you've never tried? I wouldn't call what I write here as "Blogging" as I believe I write this first and foremost for myself, although I know I write with "an audience" in mind. I consider this a journal in the true sense of the world... I record my (mostly inane) trials and tribulations plus occasional thoughts about the world as I see it today.

Occasionally I go back to re-read entries I have written. Sometimes I cringe at the mundane ramblings, sometimes I laugh at profound insights. Mostly I get nostalgic... that has to be the main reason I write - so I remember what has passed with a touch of rose tinting.

Current Mood: annoyed irked
Current Music: Erasure - If I Could (Orchestral Arrangement & Thanks To Andrew Poppy)

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sassylidge From: sassylidge Date: August 3rd, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
people always find the need to put down what they don't understand. i tend to agree that a lot of blogs have a certain self-important tone to them, but most -journals- do not.

i'm in the business of web programming and such and i can't believe when people don't know about blogs. to me that's just not keeping up with your industry at all.

as for the guy who leaves the "toys to children", he's going to be awfully surprised when those children grow up and won't use any of his products because they don't run on the "toys".
scarletdemon From: scarletdemon Date: August 3rd, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not interested in the views of people who hate blogging...Really, screw them for making the effort, just to be unpleasant and destructive.
beckwah From: beckwah Date: August 3rd, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
i write in my lj for me first and foremost as you do... i don't tend to have a huge friends list (not that there's anything wrong with that) Yes you do get some ppl on lj who are full of crappy me me me posts but tbh i dont really have that kinda person in my sphere of friends so pfft to ppl who slag off what they don't know/understand
brightspot From: brightspot Date: August 4th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
People are down on blogs because they're dinosaurs...the truth is, "bloggin" is the wave of the future. It makes people's opinions accesible to the companies that make and market our products. It brings new issues to light. It crosses borders and cultural boundaries, bringing people closer and dispelling ignorance and prejudice.

And most importantly, if people don't like people who have opinions, they don't have to read them!! Stupid morons.

And personally, I wouldn't hire a web designer who scoffed at blogging. Blogging is the easiest, most personal way to get information.
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