Emersonian blogging

Click Dave Winer to hear him talk with Chris Lydon about blogging.

Multitasking: I'm listening to the Lydon/Winer interview as I write this. I surfed over to Dave's site to grab the photo above. Just now I checked my email. While I was listening to Dave, I was reading an email from Dave. If you want, you can channel Dave through several orifices simultaneously.

Chris Lydon says blogging is Emersonian.

Dave and Chris are talking about blogging and campaigning. Read my blog, you're reading me. People come to know Howard Dean without meeting him in person. Or thinking they know him because Madison Avenue has drummed a few gazillion ad-bites into their skulls.

This broadens my speculation that learning = making good connections. A lucid blog adds another connection, one that is world-accessible 24/7.

So sayeth ur-blogger Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one if its members."

    "Trust thyself. Every heart vibrates to that iron string."

    "There is no outside, no inclosing wall, no circumference to us."

    "The mind is one. There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has be-fallen any man, he can understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent."

    "Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."

Lydon concludes, "The modern Emersonian is, in short, an ecstatic melancholic, an unquenchable optimist in a darkening world, aware that the big trick for grown-ups is to look unblinking at the torture and tyranny, the pandemic disease and progressive brutalization of people and the planet and know that is not the whole story and that this is no time to give up."

Later that evening in Palo Alto...

Posted by Jay Cross at July 13, 2003 08:40 AM | TrackBack

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