The Blog Renaissance

Green Man Westminster Abbey, copyright Ellen Wilson

There is this feeling among the writing community that blogging and other forms of online writing are not “real.”  Online writers argue that of course online writing is real.  While print writers argure that only print writing is real.

Really?  Just what is real?  If online writing wasn’t real – could we read it?   We can’t see viruses, and I certainly can’t see the thoughts in your head, but would we argue that they are not real?

What print writers are “really” refering to,  is their need to feel superior, or more centered in “reality” than the online writing community.

I followed this debate online, where it could happen quickly.  Do you think the newspapers will pick up the debate?  I doubt it.  Print sources are notoriously slow for picking up the energy and fluctuations of current events.

Paradigm Shifts

Throughout history we, as humans, have decided what is real or not.  We have also prescribed importance to the this so called reality.

In science, we are now moving out of the Newtonian Paradigm, or mechanistic view of the universe, and shifting into the Quantum revolution of energy relatedness and possibility.   But this shift didn’t happen without the characteristic birth pains of a new way of thinking.  And we’re still experiencing the contractions.

The Renaissance  of Writing

The Renaissance (or rebirth) was a time period that was characterized by an explosion of creative thought.  The Renaissance gave birth to such artists and inventors as Leonardo Da Vinci, and Shakespeare.  Incidentally, Shakespeare took a lot of flak for being a playwright.  Playwrights were not considered respectable in this era, because the people who wrote plays were usually commoners.   In fact, it was forbidden for the nobility to write plays in this era.  But they could write poetry.

I would like to mention more famous woman from this time period, but guess who wrote all the history?  Sadly, it wasn’t me.

We are now experiencing a new Renaissance, a new birth of writing forms.  This information explosion is manifesting in all types of online writing.  And since we spend such a large amount of time on our computers, it will only be a matter of time before online writing is entirely accepted by the majority.

Sure, there will always be those purists who claim that online writing isn’t real, but for what purpose?

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