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Hiding in Plain Sight

Jessica Watkins's picture

     Jo(e)'s post was interesting, but the comments after it were even more so.  The post by Dr.K concerning how "information gets trivialized and made superficial by its instant, easy access" when it is put on the internet brought up memories from Folsom's article. Databases and blogs are unifiers in the sense that they open new doors to those who had limited access to their information before, but is this necessarily a good thing? As human beings we are defined by categories, and web-based information is breaking down the barriers that separate and define several classes of humans: the educated and the ignorant, the determined and the lazy, the curious and the ambivalent.  In breaking breaking down these barriers social classes are slowly but surely losing their definition and becoming unidentifiable, empty molds where only there name still remains.  I acknowledge that universal education is important, and that knowledge is something that cannot rightly be limited to those who can afford private schools and access to mysterious archives.  But we have to also acknowledge that the history of our world and society has been based on the fact that there has always been an upper class and a lower class, a group that has been shaped by money and education and culture, and one that has been shaped by hardship.  Ideally we look forward to absolute equality, but what would happen if that actually came about?  How much would our society be willing to expand its opportunities to make room for the massive population of former underpriveleged citizens?  Would total equality act in favor of our existence, or would it rock our world and shatter our infrastructure?

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aybala50's picture

Blogs, transformation and genre

 While reading jo(e)'s post the most interesting thing to me were the responses as well. I thought that the point you brought up about transformation shattering our infrastructure is a good thing, as sgb90 argued. As I already discussed in recent posts and class discussions I am not a fan of the over-classification of everything and if the accessibility of blogs aids in "breaking down these barriers social classes are slowly but surely losing their definition and becoming unidentifiable, empty molds where only there name still remains." (teal) I agree with sgb90 that this is a good thing, though I'm still not sure how I feel about every aspect of blogs. 

In jo(e)'s post itself I found the topic of using blogs as a proof of scholarship interesting. I wonder what aspect of the blog would be a proof of scholarship. Is it the way in which the person writes? The 'quality' of the writing? Putting aside the discussion on whether blogs are a new genre, I was thinking about what guidelines blogs would have to follow if they were a genre. Poem's, novel's etc. all have characteristics that make them what they are. I found interesting halloweenlover's response to jo(e)'s post about how blogs aren't spell checked or proofread. This is very unusual for any genre in existence, that has been perfected. Blogs are very different in this sense. Since many bloggers aren't professional writers I can see how this would be the case, but at the same time if blogs are a new genre does this mean that poor grammar will become a characteristic? 

sgb90's picture

In Favor of Transformation

 You raise the question, "Would total equality act in favor of our existence, or would it rock our world and shatter our infrastructure?" The way you phrase the question implies that that which is in favor of our existences does not shatter our infrastructure, or put differently, that which favors our existence maintains the status quo, the norm, "the barriers that separate and define several classes of humans." Personally, I think that which shatters our infrastructure, which forces us to redefine the categories we have been socially and culturally placed in, is all that acts in favor of our existence; human beings are redeemed only by transformation...

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