According to the author of a new book “bloggers are living in a world where emotions may be real but everything else is make-believe”.
But Michael Keren, who has written “Blogosphere: The New Political Arena,” suggests individuals who bare their souls in blogs are isolated and lonely, living in a virtual reality instead of forming real relationships or helping to change the world.
“Bloggers think of themselves as rebels against mainstream society, but that rebellion is mostly confined to cyberspace, which makes blogging as melancholic and illusionary as Don Quixote tilting at windmills,” the author says.
Wow. I didn’t know I was that screwed up.
Of course, he seems to be making the generalization that all bloggers have centered their world entirely around their online presence.
That may be true for the nine individuals he followed for the book, but the people I know who blog have a pretty full life in the real world.
For most of us, this space is just an interesting extension of that real world.
However, the fact that I’m writing this at 6:30 in the morning probably says something about my real world. :-)