A professor at the University of Calgary, who holds the Canada Research Chair in communications, culture and civil society, has just written a book claiming that most bloggers are lonely, isolated, and socially withdrawn. He maintains that bloggers have made no real impact on political change in society, as we use the medium ineffectively, choosing to concentrate upon our relationships with our cats, rather than attempting any real meaningful dialogue.
Ouch! That's harsh, man.
I would have to take issue with Professor Keren on this theories, as I personally have seen a great deal of impact through blogging.
I admit that there have been no overthrows of the government that have been blog-based, but I just have to think back to the time last year when Matthew Good received a note on his blog (which is one of the best geopolitical blogs I have ever read, take that Professor Keren) from a US soldier who was planning to take his life while listening to Matt's music, which had always meant so much to him. Working through other bloggers in the military, Matt was able to locate this man and ultimately save his life.
And on a far less dramatic scale, I can't forget the huge amount of support that I received from everyone on the blogs during my fight to the death with Office Depot. It was through this support that I was able to maintain my resolve and get all my money back. Okay, not earth-shattering, I know, and perhaps I am playing right into his assertions with that example, but I think that even small changes are important. Baby steps, man, baby steps.
First we take Office Depot, then we take Berlin.
And just to show that blogging serves a vital public service: did you know that if you go to the recycling depot during a snowstorm, you'll likely have the whole place to yourself?
That was my earth-shattering discovery today. Halt the presses!