They are called innermost thoughts for a reason.
The mental health profession has long encouraged journaling as a form of self expression and discovery. It enables healing, professionals claim. I respectfully disagree.
One has only to recall the humiliation of a childhood diary read by another, or a time when one’s typed comments, intended for a narrow audience, were blasted more widely, to know that innermost thoughts should remain precisely that, innermost.
The modern age of the blogosphere has drawn out the gritty particles of private human feelings like sand from a pot of clams. And thanks to the public’s warm embrace of reality TV, there’s an exploding consumer market based on assaulting human feelings through ridicule, humiliation and the troubling practice of voting off.
The booming practice of spewing one’s innermost feelings for all the world to witness seems to be feeding an equally booming population of consumers salivating to lap them up. Is my observation true and, if so, then why in the name of Pete am I starting a blog?
Please tell me – does my Twitter make you titter or does my blog put you in a fog? Is my Facebook Status merely an apparatus for sharing thoughts so mundane they drive my Friends insane?
One response to “I’d tweet if it were discreet”
I appreciate your disagreement, but I disagree. There is a certain sense of catharsis in verbalizing innermost thoughts/feelings. I won’t go into the whole debate on whether or not there has to be language before there can be emotions or even a state of being for that matter–at least not here–but think of how you remember your most cherished memories. How do you remember those painful experiences you’d rather not repeat? Documenting the inner you–however you choose to do it–has its own type of power.
Granted, audience is (or should always be) a consideration. How you present yourself on a blog may differ than how you’d present yourself in person where tone is a little more discernible and your body language readable, even if both are read incorrectly. Hmm. Even our metaphors suggest that we are texts.
On the other hand, as you point out, what people say and do are often taken out of context and blown out of proportion. That is the risk we take in daily communication. Choosing the medium of cataloging our selves is never easy and few will choose to do it. As much as I appreciate oral stories about my family history, I’d much prefer that stories are written down.
Then again, words are a fundamental part of my being. My literacy training began early and I was reading on my own by age 4, if not earlier, so….
Write as you choose and choose what you write, but know that you’ll have more readers who read than those who comment.