Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Things to post on a wall

I was about to write about the contrast between the private and the public sphere and whether blogs are accursed attempts to blur the distinction between the two, prompted by a message by my friend Marcus Aurelius (who, unlike what his name would suggest, abstains from writing private thoughts down). Then I realised that there are no valid generalisations on the matter: the blog is a medium and, as such, it can be used variously. For instance, Noam Chomsky's blog is as public as it gets; others -- firmly placed in the other end of the continuum -- use blogging to almost daily recount in detail everything about their sex life, hangovers, shopping, discussions, rows... I think the secret, even if presenting your internal life, like Loxias does, is to be selective, as always. As an exercise, read this blog and make notes of matters and topics not touched upon and also of some sizeable gaps in the narrative (supposing there is a narrative here)...

Now, as a break, here is a picture taken in the poorer half of the Outpost:

By the way, if you are curious about my opinions on Turkey and its ('her'?) starting negotiations with EU, I will reveal none. However, having mentioned Chomsky, I will give you a sign to this post, which normal people should find straightforward and which should make intellectuals think (if possible).


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