Illustrations by Kim Dong-kyu
Based on: Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich (1818).
Andrew Sullivan, a conservative pioneer blogger wrote an article titled“Why I blog” in 2008.“Unlike any single piece of print journalism,[the blog’s] borders are extremely porous and its truth inherently transitory” says Sullivan, meaning that everything is censored. Readers question whether the information is factual or statements overlapping. Bloggers can update information on their blogs whenever they can, where as traditional writes need to wait for accurate information to come through.
He also adds that “In long journeys, memories always blur and facts disperse. A log provided as accurate an account as could be gleaned in real time”. Yes, this does imply that logs were fact-based reports. It tells you about what happened. Although, many write from imagination or made up stories about Chronicles of the Indies, Sea creatures, Sirens, mermaids and so on. Another quote taken from the piece, reads “We bloggers have scant opportunity to collect our thoughts, to wait until events have settled and a clear pattern emerges”. What he means by this is the need for value of immediacy. To collect thoughts and present them the right way instead of having the pressure of being always first, which leads to wrong information being set out.
Sullivan mentions a few people in his article, including Montaigne. He invented a new form of writing. Reflected on many things and thought them through.
In Sullivan’s essay, “I Used to Be a Human Being” (2016) which was written eight years later, had a dramatic approach towards journalism. Getting distracted from all around you and not enjoying the moment. As Sullivan kept away from the web he started noticing things he didn’t before. In the last eight years, social media boomed, as well as mobile phones and the use of applications. We get so worked up about who’s going to ‘like’ our photos or who’s going to ‘comment’. There is no need for this ‘extra’ stress. The reason why we take photos and share them with other people is because we feel lonely. We have information thrown at us to the extent that we can’t process it all. There is too much information and our way of thinking becomes damaged. The digital world has taken over, instead of people enjoying what’s in front of them, they are too busy looking down at their screens.