Blogging, by nature, is something of a second-rate activity. If you love cooking, you cook; if you love photography, you photograph; if you’re into current events, you read proper newspapers; if you love reading, well, then you’re reading. Ditto, if you’re a good mom, you’re not blogging about how much you hate getting child snot on your clothes. You’re busy making home-made cookies with organic chocolate in your sparkling house. And if you’re a political activist, you would be in prison. Or whatever it is that political activists do when they’re not in prison (I actually don’t have a clue).
You get the point. A true enthusiast in any field or activity would be out there, doing their thing. Not blogging about it. They wouldn’t have time.
Bloggers like to talk. To you, or inside their head, it’s all good. What distinguishes a blogger from the ordinary man-in-the-street is not that they’re actually doing anything worthwhile, or that they’re better informed, but the fact that they have an opinion, and they’re willing to talk about it. They’re ready to put their opinion out there. They see a movie, and they want to talk about how *they* feel about it (note that a blog movie review is different in that sense from a “real” professional movie review, which (is supposed to) analyse the move artistically, tell us whether it works or not). And they don’t just talk about it, they feel their opinion is important enought to be typed out and uploaded on the internet, for all to see.
That is why bloggers annoy and infuriate non-bloggers. Not because they know anything better or more than anyone else, but just because of their willingness to type up and upload what they do know. Because they are opinionated, and they think their opinions are worth putting out there.
And that is why bloggers are not only infuriating, but also frightening. How else to explain why the huge state newspaper of a huge powerful state should bother to read and respond and insult and slander one tiny unknown anonymous blogger living in somewhere in Canada? If one had read or heard of such a occurence, one could have simply shrugged it off as conspiracy paranoia. But no. It’s not paranoia. It actually happened. They read blogs, and if They don’t like what They read, They react, furiously.
Their message is clear. No thought or idea contrary to what They Want should be expressed. Not in the newspapers. Not in books. Not in the TV. And not in blogs. Nowhere.