BlogEthics: Monday, Day of Lunatics

   One notes BlogEthic invades the thoughts of non-bloggers when it comes to public attention. Some blogger asks a dangerous question, reveals previously unknown information or, generally, comments on something other than the most recent episode of "American Idle" (pun intended). Then, the blogger in question discovers he/she is head over heels beyond an invisible line manned by unseen soldiers overseen by hitherto untouchable A-Listers, themselves dependent on public support and so disdainful of negative commentary intrusive into the body politic.

   In other words, the higher caste really gets ticked when someone rats them out on a blog.

   BlogEthics columns seem "writ large" by persons who do not much bother to blog. Sniffing pure air, high above the fray, commentators offer lofty disdain for the screen-blind wretch. Squaring tiny shoulders, the blogger must wade upstream against a turn-back-the-clock mentality intent to deride the offensive scribe.

   Bloggers do have a Biblical background, you know. In Habakkuk, the printer of a certain sign was told to write so large "he who runs can read." Is this an argument for simplicity of message, consistency of intent and portability of medium? I think it is and bloggers, depending on ability, write large enough that those who run may read.

   For those of us who occassionally remark on controversial issues, we most often touch nerves when and where persons have chronically overestimated their support and devalued popular thought against their position or actions. One televangelist under government scrutiny offers the time honored defence that "Satan is trying to sow seeds of discord." Congress is often called Satanic by those upon whom it casts its overwielding eye. Bloggers should expect no better.

   If one blogs for himself rather than for readership, he/she might benefit from a thought able even to transcend the worship wars. That is, worship is to honor God and only then to attract persons. If the worship of God is able to attract persons, one might build a following. If the worship of God is unable to attract persons, style does not much matter.

   I close, I think, on this Memorial Day, with a quote from President Lincoln, who wrote a statement to the United States Congress delivered in December 1, 1862, in perhaps one of the most dismal times of the long American Civil War. Father Abraham put to pen:

   "If there ever could be a proper time for mere catch arguments, that time surely is not now. In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity."

   Quoted in William Lee Miller, President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman, p. 300.

  

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