Blogs and Propoganda

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So, as far as the various types of blogs mentioned, I was mostly entertained by this type:

"One of the striking aspects of this [introverted blogs] genre is the author's denigration of himself: the blog is purported to be "chaos," "random," "neurotic," and generally reflective of failed life."---- Crawford Killian.

I had to smile when reading that because I bartended with a guy whose myspace blog does this. It's generally pretty pathetic. Its especially entertaining to hear about conflicts that I witnessed, as written from his perspective while thinking he has an audience. Minor conflicts such as when he got fired and when his boyfriend broke up with him, are blown to epic porportions. 

 It's similar to the "reality show" phenomenon, where people become so overly dramatically just come someones got a camera on them. (Or I'm wrong and they have a special place where the casts of reality shows are genetically spawned and bred to behave as such.) I just liked Killian's quote about this form of blogging.

To further quote people, I have to agree with Andrew LoNigro in his description of our SHU blogs "It's like taking all of the cateogories and throwing them in a blender." From this he created the term "Blender Blog," in his blog entry of the same title. I found this term perfect in describing my blog.

After checking my myspace blog (no link intentionally), as I rarely use it and didn't remember what all I posted, I noticed that it also falls under a similar description. There are a few entries that are purely travel writing (extroverted personal blogs), a few political, editorial type things (advocacy I guess), short stories, poems, (No catagory mentioned), a few that are general relfections that have nothing to do with me (rants is how I'd generally describe them), and then there is one pretty pathetic whiny one (introverted personal). All in all there is no clear catagory that this falls into. It is another Blender Blog.

In chapter 8, Killian moved on to discuss persuasion and propoganda. I guess in this case it seemed to me that the rules are pretty much the same whether its written in print or on the web or delivered in a speech. Good evidence is necesary, and fallacies get you no where. It seems that the majority of the book targets writers who are familiar with other forms of writing, but new to webwriting. This chapter however, seems more targeted at readers who are not familiar with persuasive writing in any of its forms.         

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