Personally, I am not at all a fan of blogging and the increasing social trend that it is fostering. While I do acknowledge that there might be some benefits to to such a tool, I think overall it causes significant problems intellectually and socially. It seems that the modern form of blogging is a far cry from what started as a small scale form of personal diaries in the late 1990’s. Even when blogging was in its infant phase, I still did not understand the appeal of it; I acknowledge that some people find writing a diary to be therapeutic/historical/etc. , but why do so many people feel the need to post their personal lives on the internet for the rest of the world to see?
Since its origins, blogging has obviously evolved well beyond personal diaries and by now has worked its way into every aspect, niche, and topic that could possibly be discussed. And it is out of this viral nature of blogs that I feel comes both the positives and negatives of such a tool. Naturally, it is an incredibly simple and efficient way to spread information, but it is an equally efficient way to spread garbage. I’m sure the amount of blog posts that are not worth reading exponentially outnumbers the one’s that are. People love putting their opinions out there for the rest of the world to read, but are often ignorant, misinformed, or simply aimlessly writing just for the sake of it. In a day and age where things such as blogs are so public and readily accessible, people should be even more careful about what they share, not the other way around.
Moving on, while it is not quite the same, I basically put social media forums like Twitter on the same level as blogs because I think that the birth of such companies is based on the popularity of blogging. The problem with this style of non-academic writing is that it forms habits of poor writing. Blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook, etc. are all riddled with spelling and grammar errors, erroneous messages, and poor structure. Even as I’m writing this very post, I find myself guilty of some of those. If this were a paper instead of a post, I would be much more careful with my style, tone, and organization. Aside from fostering horrible writing skills, I think there is also a social aspect that is worth addressing. As technology has become increasingly a part of our society, I feel that people are becoming less social in person. People’s phones and computers become their best friends, rather than actual people. It is easy to have an anonymous discussion with someone online (whether you are praising what they have to say or bitching and moaning at them), but it is much harder to do so in person, which I hold to be one of the most important skills someone can have.