Monday, 4 August 2008

Positive Prose

Beautiful prose starts with a single dot

A beautiful rendition taken from

Reading Tunku Abdul Aziz: The truth about bloggers got me thinking into the reasons why many are jumping into the bandwagon (a tired old cliché, eh?) of blogging, for want of a better word.

Most of the better known bloggers are doing it in protest of the clamp on freedom of speech. Never mind the many pontifications by obviously internet-literate politicians of wanting to control blogs, bla bla bla… the question they would need to first ask would be: Just how do you stop someone from writing what’s in their minds?

Blogs are after all just a notepad – albeit a virtual one – that is extended to friends, relatives, even strangers, just by virtue of their knowing where to look. The braver spirits put their names and often their whole lives – including that of their families – within these private pages; while other far less extroverted in character hides behind pseudonyms.

Anything wrong with that?

Someone somewhere might just write some crappy comments about, let’s say, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and this note is seen by someone else who shows it to someone else. What is important to realize is that just because the so-call comments are written and read, does not make it the unequivocal truth. It might be perceived as the truth by those who read the note, but could hardly stand the scrutiny of being the truthfully truthful truth.

How does one even know what is the truth, anyway?

This is where credibility comes into play. When a blogger, or a writer (any wordsmith outside of the fictional genre) chooses to pen his or her name on his words, due respect should be accorded accordingly to the degree of truth in what was written. Grant respect where its due.
Laying your reputation on your beliefs
At the very least, the subject of their comments - should they take offence – can then pursue the matter further, legal or illegally.

Those looking at blogs in a derogatory way are missing out on the insight provided by the medium of the person writing the postings – their thoughts, their outlook on life, their private sentiments, the background situation behind their postings.

Just like diaries, especially those written in times of hardship, blogs can be very illuminating. There are some brilliant prose, insightful words and speeches waiting to be discovered. They need not be all deep, emotional and poignant postings, as shown by some of the younger set of bloggers who writes with stylish slang.

If you are less than inclined with this style of writing, just turn away as you are essentially looking someone’s personal space, albeit one that is open to everyone who cares to visit.

After all, it could just the posting of someone who is bored and looking for some escape from life’s tedium.

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