Blogs: connection or just “loneliness lite”


Alan Singer in Australia highlights this quote from an article in The Age.

What are television email, chat rooms and blogs if not our lonely selves reaching out for comfort, approval, feedback and distracting noise?

The lie of each is that we can somehow feel connected by engaging in activities that are, at their heart, isolating. All the page hits, crowded in-boxes and voice mails cannot disguise the fact that when the power is off, we are alone.

It’s a good argument. Perhaps this is part of what Stuart Henshall is responding to as he thinks of giving up traditional blogging. Stuart’s post has been rattling round in my brain for a couple of days and I think there’s something in it.

Blogging is cool and I enjoy doing it.

And I also want a way to get more of a dialogue (a la David Bohm). This blog, like many others, easily slides into conversations which are talking or reloading. It’s harder to get that spirit of thinking together. Stuart is a big fan of Skype and talks a lot about presence which has much to do with what makes dialogue work. Something beyond the bits and bytes on the page. I wonder if I can get more of that sense of deep connection with blogging… let’s hope Stuart helps us come up with something.


3 thoughts on “Blogs: connection or just “loneliness lite”

  1. Davi Burn

    Is technology isolating? For sure, one can get lost in it like one can get lost in many things…booze, work or what have you.

    At the same time technology can be a catalyst for real human activity. Communities of interest are daily being constructed, and just because I do not now see your face, or you mine, does not mean this “conversation” is any less real.

    But I feel you and the frustration too. The technology does dictate how good the conversation can ultimately be. For instance, with a phone, you get inflection and tone in a way e-mail or blogs do not deliver.

  2. Unbound Spiral

    Changing Blogging Context

    Wow what a response to giving up on “traditional blogging”. I’m forced to declare my hand early. For the last couple of months I’ve been working with Jerry Michalski, Judith Meskill and Dina Mehta on creating a new kind of…


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