Perhaps it is a little unseemly to blog yet again about blogging. But I just discovered this list of more than 180 local blogs. Not all are active, not all are broadly interesting and some are downright wacky. In other words, they are as individual as people.
So, while blogs only represent the segment of the population that is comfortable with the written word, they are still representative enough to give readers a sampling of viewpoints.
Once, a writing professor of mine told us that literary studies makes people more open-minded and tolerant because it exposes us to many points of view. I believe blogging is doing this in the non-academic world.
This is especially interesting when it comes to politics. While the wider trend is toward polarized partisan politics, closed-mindedness and "standardization," the subversive world of self-publishing is promoting a more tolerant paradigm. Humans are as individual as snowflakes, even bloggers with their bent toward writing, publicizing and technology.
Granted, there are plenty of anonymous commentators and hard-core curmudgeons represented in the comments. But whether they like it or not, even they are being exposed to different points of view, as they read the posts and comments and engage in argument.
I am so excited to have more blogs to read, and I'll bet at least one of my new discoveries will become a daily favorite.
Thank you to "Darsh," the author of Myrtletown, who put the list together.