Thursday, September 01, 2011

How will it be not to blog about it?

Are we falling victim to instant nostalgia? Even as we're experiencing things we're looking forward to the time when we'll be looking back on this moment. Similar to the phenomenon of experiencing life in the way you will later write about having experienced it. Related to doing and saying and going to things in order to be able to write about them later. This has always been the writer's curse - to observe, to watch, to experience as writer not wholly or solely participant - but now as so many people have blogs, communicate through on-line social networks, leave comments, take photos and videos with the cameras on their omnipresent phones, has the writer's curse spread? Is it starting to change society and the opportunity for experience, is our collective capacity for authenticity threatened?

Not a new thought but a persistent one.


Anonymous Felix said...

For myself, I embrace the growing relationship between documentation and experience. Frequently, these items are becoming indistinguishable from one another; taking photos is part of the experience of having an experience, if you see what I mean? Sound recordings pose a similar issue; introducing the means to record and collect instant memories into a situation always changes it, so that if you are there with a microphone and a recorder, you change the way people behave and therefore influence "the experience." I do not think these things are at odds with authentic experience; but I do think that writing, documenting, blogging, photographing, recording and videoing experiences does change their nature and the way that we imaginatively encounter the world...

Friday, 2 September 2011 at 12:47:00 GMT+1  

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