Another application for a blog as a journal is as a scrapbook. For example, I posted a response on Digg:
Yay! It’s ok for women to have excisions in Somalia and to have the boot driven into their vaginas in the Congo! It’s ok that there are honor killings in Iran and that Hezbollah is screwing up Lebanon, It’s ok that there is no freedom of speech or thought in the 21st century in some countries and that civilians are being used and oppressed rather than represented – it’s all ok JUST SO LONG AS I GET TO SAVE THE WORLD BY GETTING A HYBRID AND ACCUSE MY GOVERNMENT OF PROFITEERING!!!
Ugh… I am sorry, but please stop painting McCain black and Obama white (all puns intended). We are living in a complex world, but your refusal to see anything beyond the edge of your nicely trimmed lawn is nauseating. I too am against the draft, but I don’t hop on every opportunity to further my political point. Both McCain and Obama are intelligent people. Stop this political crap of bullshit that Digg has turned into.
As a response to this BS. So what’s happening on the web is that there are two types of people:
- People who know what’s going on, but don’t have a lot of time
- People who are clueless, but have all the time in the world.
I have some ideas on how this balance could be rectified systematically by creating a way to measure quality of content rather than volume, but another way may be to empower those very few who know something and care… a scrapbook may be just such a tool – one that allows reuse of content in online discussions.