Sunday, March 11, 2007

blogging is a revolutionary act


I don't know how long it will last, since it's a revolutionary act. Blogging is. It escapes the control of mental regimentation. It lurks in the lousy part of our mind that wants us to express itself. It creeps around in backgrounds and deserted lots that are also lost. Blogging does. It sparks the notion that minds are keen to separate from the herd of lemmings gleefully leaping into doom.

Blogs are born to attack. Blogs are not the province of La La Landers who are sure, unseemly and secure in their cowardice, that everything's fine and everyone's nice. Bloggers don't put up with such tripe. We see and we say. And it hurts. We injure, damage, and destroy various objects of our disgust: immoral deceptions, political arrogance, religious insanity, secular idiocy, mediated confusions.

The humble, lowly little blog, the ugly word that sounds sick to begin with, is changing us from passive spectators and obedient consuming machines, into mouthy advocates of disturbance and turmoil, i.e., change, progress.

For the first time in human history, the individual has a global and unedited voice. This is a universal anarchy of communication, long overdue. For the first time, anyone can express any thought, idea, opinion, belief, and link to others, forming associations, that governments and religions can't prohibit.

Dissent flourishes here. Thought Controllers hate it. Brainwashing bullies fear the blogosphere and the arguments we whip up. We playfully rip our fellow bloggers to shreds, then shake hands, admiring each other's gusto in serious blogocombat. Debate makes us smarter as we expose our ideas to attack and see if they can take it. No one can monopolize the blogosphere. No one can subvert it. Its self-policing dynamics set it free from criticism.

Those who are not initiated into its secrets wrongfully assume that it's harmless fun and destined to fade like a flash. They can't see the pitfalls we've placed strategically in the fabric of unscissored states and crushed conditions.

The blog is just a metaphor for free thinking, free expression, free dissent. The blogosphere is just a symbol of how we are all connected, if we just woke up and realized this glorious truth.

It is the disgusting work of Domination Systems to divide us into Sunni vs. Shia, black vs. white, atheist vs. religious, materialist vs. spiritual, Democrat vs. Republican, doers vs. thinkers, sellers vs. shoppers, teachers vs. students, liberal vs. conservative, North vs. South, Army vs. Marines, celebrities vs. photo-journalists, corporations vs. consumers, CEOs vs. employees, straight vs. gay, man vs. woman, our country vs. their country.

When we use blogs and blog comments to interact and learn about each other, we begin to understand, and, if not love, at least appreciate to some degree. We see through the atrocious lie that hate and violence and war can solve anything. When we take the "vs." out of the equation, we subtract the burden the separates us.

WE HAVE DESTROYED THE CONTROL.

9 comments:

Steven Brent said...

I don't know if we have destroyed Control, though it certainly seems as if we are operating at the captive end of a relatively lengthy leash...


But who owns and runs the physical infrastructure of the Internet?
Hint: it's not bloggers!

steven edward streight said...

It matters who controls the internet, but the damage to Domination Systems has been done.

I don't know how long the free blogosphere will last. It may soon be regulated and licensed like other communication channels.

But it has given us the symbol of how we can connect and discuss any topic, no matter what the governments and religions try to do to stop it.

John A. Carroll, MD said...

Steven,

Your post is well written and true. It shows your historical perspective of the blogosphere and its potential.

Fantastic job.

steven edward streight said...

Thank you for the kind compliment, John.

Newsandseduction said...

Revolution within!

carrie said...

plus the author cannot hide away in anonymity but must now be faced with an audience who demand interacgtion!!!

carrie said...

would you be interested in doing a post about copyright issues?

a_somjai said...

I came.
I see.
I think.

Thank you.

steven edward streight said...

Carrie: What do you wish to know about copyright?

I don't believe in plagiarism, stealing content and claiming it is your own original creation.

I do believe in Creative Commons.

I do believe in YouTubers having complete freedom to upload music videos, which is free promotion for the artists.

I do believe in remixing, mash-ups, and collage.

I sample snippets of radio and remix them into my own CompuMusik creations, but I generally alter those snippets beyond recognition, just using them as sound source material to re-configure.

I do believe in liberal quotes from books and blogs, especially when your own commentary is attached.