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You are so right that blogs gives the opportunity at any time to engage in an interesting conversation and eventually meet those you think are worth doing so. But what I was and I am still looking for, is why do you need outsiders to share your piece of information, to share something, as you put it, you are" obsessed at the moment". Is it not obsession something deep and personal, which you decide to expose before the whole world because you think no one of your friends is going to share and appreciate your interest in the way you expect them to do?
Is it not so much easier to pick up the phone and just call them? Or is it too costly?
Ultimately I have to agree that "the sociology of blogs is extremely fascinating" for good or for worse.
Bear in mind that when the whole blog phenomenon began, America was in this strange post 9-11 state where people who disagreed with the our government were villified and the media really suppressed our viewpoints. So blogs provided a place where people could discuss issues anonymously and find people who felt the same way. And get together in big enough numbers to start a movement. I don't think places like kos, Blog for America, even Booman and ET were set up for people to find friends or share personal info. They were always about politics.
I don't know what it's like where you are, but in America, discussing politics, even with friends and family, can be very difficult. Sometimes you just don't want to put that kind of stress on a valued relationship. Plus, since we can't rely on the media to tell us what's really going on, we have to find out ourselves. And blogs are a great way to disseminate that kind of information.
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
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