I want it now

Writing for print has been, at least for the last couple of hundred years, thought of as a slow, deliberate process - especially writing for publication. Multiple drafts, studied prose, contemplation. Writing takes time. And so there was always a gap between writing and publication - and an editor.

"Writing a book is akin to giving birth to a child." The waiting as the book evolves and the labor of putting ideas into just the right words is tedious. This isn't in blogging. Blogging lacks the intense labor that is found in print. Perhaps its a reflection of present day society--we don't want to put the effort into completing something of value. We want it now.

The blog is instant: write and publish in one pass. And there's a drive to publish regularly and often. And the writer becomes her own editor.

There is an immediacy in blogging. The writer does have the opportunity to look over what they have written, preview it, make changes, etc. However, many publish thoughts in a much quicker way.

One of the great things about blogging is that if you just need to say something, you have a medium with which to do so. Some material is timely, and if you waited the amount of time it would take to publish it in a book, it would already be outdated. Things such as current events or daily happenings are not meant for books.

All in all, the blog is a great, fast way to get writing published, but, it is not drawing away from the publication of literature at all. It just means that more people are writing.


Blogs feel immediate, as though the writing was coming without censorship or much editing. That sense stems from
We're persuaded that a blog is more or less immediate by how the writer uses these affordances in composing. The sense of immediacy is a rhetorical strategy that bloggers may use, just as they use a high level of detail to create presence.

There's a lot to the idea of immediacy. A whole philosophical approach to life. One of my favorite writers, [http://www.hermetic.com/bey Hakim Bey] has a lot to say about it. Bey talks about this idea of a "Temporary Autonomous Zone" or the TAZ, which is a wondrous idea. Basically that these temporary anarchies will spring up in certain situations, where they need to. No law will require it, no one will mention it, but people will harmonize on a certain level and co-exist in a new way for a short time. It's a place where the rules disappear. He cites examples of where these places will exist, but the bottom line is that they are always temporary. On a blog, however, there is always complete autonomy. There is no one, no how, nowhere, that will ever tell you what you can and can't put on your blog (though I understand some people have lost their jobs because of blog content, which is a shame). Your blog is your autonomous zone, and it's really not as temporary as some of these zones. And the concept of a blogger community brings newer and interesting implications to the autonomous zone idea. This community is completely run, operated, policed, and maintained by its users. It is almost (but not quite) as anarchic as the wiki.

This is part of the reason why there is so much controversy surrounding blogs, and why people get in a real tizzy about it. Anyway, it's something to think about.

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