Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This morning I'm thinking about the structure of most of our cultural groups, how similar that structure is to our solar system. There's a dad and mom (sun and moon) with kids revolving around the central pair. Or there's the CEO and CFO, with employees revolving around. In school there is a teacher with students revolving around. When you go to hear music, there is either a conductor or a lead singer with musicians revolving around. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Here on the internets, there is no solar influence, no central pillar around which we all revolve. This situation - blogging I mean (but also within other cyber societies) - is a level playing field. Astonishing, isn't it? This really is unprecedented.
And yes I know there are blogs that get thousands of hits per day and others that only get a handful, but that's not the point. What is significant is that we don't all look for guidance and direction to one blogger, not any of us. I think that's why the trend of giving blog awards has faded over time (or maybe it's still going on elsewhere in the blog realm but I just don't know about it). There is no BEST among us. We have no central star. We're all stars here.
Here there is no bright light that sustains all the rest of us, no center of gravity that we all revolve around. Here in the blog realm we are truly experiencing the Age of Aquarius, the age in which the idea of a big hero who will save us no longer makes sense. Each of us puts into the blogosphere what we can and what we want. Others read us or don't. All together we are a star-spangled constellation of egalitarian participation.
Isn't it fabulous to be a part of this? I think so, I really really do! Bravo!!