Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Most Beautiful Piece On Blogging That I Have Ever Read (Now Blogged About)

I've read literally dozens of articles warning people about the negative consequences of blogging. Bloggers are constantly blamed for regurgitating tattered and hackneyed products based on real journalism. Not only that, but critics of blogging believe that the advent of a many to many communication system is forcing us to teach our youth the difference between writing and writing, the bad writing you see online and real literature.

Every now and then I see a reputable publication sharing the opposite perspective, but prior to last month's copy of The Atlantic I hadn't ever seen a piece so beautifully advocating for the pros of blogging. Andrew Sullivan's "Why I Blog" is well worth the read, but for the sake of teasers, check out his introduction below:

"For centuries, writers have experimented with forms that evoke the imperfection of thought, the inconstancy of human affairs, and the chastening passage of time. But as blogging evolves as a literary form, it is generating a new and quintessentially postmodern idiom that’s enabling writers to express themselves in ways that have never been seen or understood before. Its truths are provisional, and its ethos collective and messy. Yet the interaction it enables between writer and reader is unprecedented, visceral, and sometimes brutal. And make no mistake: it heralds a golden era for journalism." -- Andrew Sullivan


Conceptualized by the founder of NYC's Engine Room Recordings, Guilt By Association is a collection of popular songs covered by indie artists. Think Soft Cell by My Brightest Diamond and Africa by Lowry, whatever the case, these collections put a new spin on the guilty pleasures you've always loved and makes them cool to listen to. This is hipster sound at its best.

Devendra Banhart covering Oasis - "Don't Look Back In Anger"