Thursday, August 19, 2004
Anyhow, over metablogwards, Hannah posted this awhile back:
I wonder if theoretical perspectives like the gaze could be used to think about blogging. A friend was talking about how he was reading this girl's blog because he liked her, and he knew all these things about her like when she got a boyfriend, etc. But I don't think he was posting comments on the blog, just reading it.Hmmmm.
So what about voyeurism with blogs? What about people out there who are reading them and not commenting on them? I know my friends, the ones reading and commenting, but there's no requirement to comment, and no reason why one can't follow your every step based on your blog. Interesting, and a bit scary.
I don't know about the stalker aspect, but I do find that knowledge of the possibility of an audience makes it easier for me to write. Or, at any rate, it makes it easier for me to write pieces that have a coherent beginning, middle, and end. I guess if I were to try to translate this into some kind of critical theory idiom that I don't really understand then what I'd say is that the possibility of an audience imposes a discipline on the writer. And to go a step further, I think this is all to the good.