Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The Importance of Blogging
The latest issue of Reformation21 is out, and it looks like another excellent edition. Dedicated to the life and work of David Wells, this issue should not be missed.

Carl Trueman includes a fascinating article, "The Theatre of the Absurd." In it, he talks about the problems and absurdity of blogging. This article is simply must reading for bloggers. Here is an excerpt:
There is, however, more to it [my blogging] than the fact that I still have the mind of a seventeen year old schoolboy trapped inside an older but clearly no wiser body. It is that the whole blog phenomenon is inherently ridiculous; that the more serious it tries to be, the more absurd and pompous it becomes; and that I believe that if you can’t beat the inevitable blogological deconstruction, you might as well join it, and that with relish. As the old Buddhist proverb says, 'When faced with the inevitable, one must merely accept the inevitable.'

Should we stop blogging? No. But I do like the option Trueman suggests at the end:
...face this theatre of the absurd head-on; join in with the other nobodies pretending to be somebodies; laugh at your own ridiculous complicity in this nonsense; expose the systemic contradictions for all they are worth; mock the blogworld for all of its inane self-importance; and in so doing try in some small way to subvert the system from the inside. It may not ultimately work; but you’ll have fun in the process.

(Originally posted at the A-Team Blog: )
posted at 4:02 PM  

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