Is blogging just graffiti with punctuation?

Writing blog posts is a form of expression. Can blog posts be examples of serious writing? Or are they just graffiti with punctuation?

The phrase graffiti with punctuation appeared in the 2011 movie, Contagion. It wasn’t meant to be a polite assessment of the form.

Graffiti with punctuation

Blogging must have reached some level of notoriety, though. Because it got mentioned in the Leveson report.

That’s a good enough reason on its own to create a blog. Anything that makes the establishment shit themselves seems like a good idea to me.

Blogging doesn’t have to be controversial. It could be about anything you chose. It should appeal to a readership of some description of course. But the subject matter available is vast.

So what was Lord Justice Leveson frightened about?

“The competition from bloggers and tweeters, may encourage unethical and potentially unlawful practices to get a story” – Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson thought that journalists would take shortcuts to get a story. Just so that they didn’t get usurped by some upstart blogger.

That is a shallow assessment of both bloggers and journalists. But we’ll take it at face value for now.

He might even have a point. But journalists tend to blog too. Because it’s an effective medium for offering insight and comment.

The world that the Leveson Enquiry wanted to create was a utopian (for rich, powerful people) dream. a dream that none of the plebs would find out what the elite were up to – even when they were up to no good.

My list of reasons for blogging just received another item.

The assertion that blogging is not real writing feels lame. A blog post that informs, creates debate and/or entertains in some way still works as a piece of writing.

The writing may not be top notch. The ideas may feel under developed. But a good point well made, is still a good point well made.

Serious debate is often created by a blog post. You can find out how to do something, read about someone’s visit to a place you’re thinking of going to and much more.

And you can ignore everything you just read.

A proper skeptic will accept opinion at face value. But will also seek clarification and confirmation before accepting something as true. Bloggers aren’t held to task about factual accuracy in the same way that journalists are.

That doesn’t mean they’ll receive much of a readership if they churn out crap though.

So, is blogging just graffiti with punctuation?

Maybe.

But I don’t think that matters, do you?

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