Thanks to Teresa Strandquist for bringing this to my attention. There will be no quarrel. The question is the value of graffiti. Effective blogging – we can’t really call it good – takes a number of forms. You can use photos, videos, music, snippets of conversation, texts, comments, art – nearly anything – and it’ll work. In a way, you’re “tagging” by bringing things to your blog as well as trying to get your content to go “viral” all over the web.
What makes graffiti at its worst effective is the maintenance of a sentiment. We don’t care, there’s nothing else worth doing. It’s a tired, cliched form of protest. Blogging definitely creates echo chambers. The blogs that go “viral” tend to do so in established niches where challenging thoughts and opinions long ago disappeared. The “blogosphere” gets more mainstream attention from its anger, not its reason.
Yet one must wonder how a diversity of expression finds its way into one place. All of us have seen some stunning, beautiful examples of graffiti. I’m sure there’s graffiti that’s changed the world for the better. Perhaps we should hope blogging is graffiti at its best. Sometimes writing can wait.