Net Positive Blog
Humans are storytellers. This is incontrovertible, beyond doubt, something which just holds true about us.
And yet, all evidence points to the fact that in the modern era, with phones and wristbands pinging notifications of incredibly short status updates, we have lost the thread of story. We no longer follow other people’s stories, not other ordinary people anyhow. Celebrity stories have taken the place of knowing the stories of our neighbors. We are disconnected in time and place from other people just like us, and it’s showing in our political and public lives.
Or so says Asha Dornfest, as she writes out her thoughts on using blogging to save the world. I think she’s onto something here. See, back in the early days of blogs - the late ‘90s and early 2000s, I loved reading blogs. And then blogging became something that one did for pay. And then the various forms of shorter media came out, and before long, experts were declaring blogging dead. Podcasting and vlogging, they said, that’s where it’s at.
And yet. And yet. It feels in my heart like we’ve gone from having a book club in a quiet cafe, an in-depth discussion where we got to know each other, our families and our dreams, to trying to hold that same book club in the middle of a punk concert. 120 character status updates just aren’t the same. Building community in 240 characters or less isn’t the same. And so many of us have, in fact, retreated into private “groups” where we can carry on longer discussions, get to know people better, bond with our neighbors far and wide.
So this is my entry point. I’d like to promise that I’ll be here every day for the rest of the month, but I’ll probably fail at that. I’ll just tell you that up-front - I don’t do great at every-day kind of commitments. We are going to try this rebuilding the world based on telling our stories, in longer formats, and essai our way though some tough topics, but we’ll do it together.
Read Miss Asha’s post, and come back and let me know where you’re posting at. I’d love to read along with you.
How to play along
Because safety is a core value for me, I am asking that comments in this space avoid all the ugly things: shame, blame, judgement. I am asking that disagreement and discussion be polite, respectful, generous, and open to vulnerability.
Because community is healthy behavior, I welcome you to comment, to share your thoughts and responses and discuss this with empathy with me and with each other.