One Big Mental Vacation Snapshot: Blogging Phobia Revealed!

September 4, 2006 at 11:15 pm 2 comments

Blame the Uluru kangaroo.

I stopped taking a camera on most travels after watching my dad on a trip to the Australian outback. He’d never been outside of the USA and this jaunt was our first as two adults wandering an otherworldly place. We hired a young fellow, James, to drive us deeper into the soundless, merciless desert. He introduced us to the local Aborigines. Flies bit our faces. It wasn’t exactly pleasant, but fascinating. My dad didn’t seem to be taking in much of the lore James offered; he was obsessed with getting a snapshot of a wild kangaroo.

When—four hours into the boneshaking ride—a lone specimen appeared, he leaped out of the jeep, clicked, and called the excursion finished.

Later that night we had the only Oprah-ish fight of our lives. “You didn’t EXPERIENCE anything today; you were only after your ‘kill’ of that photo so you could say you’d been to Australia and seen a kangaroo. You aren’t living your life, you’re just collecting evidence.” He didn’t like that very much.

And this is why I, a mere toe-stepper, very much fear the current blogosphere.

Coveting the clever barb and damning link, blogworld enables people to argue about and cheer for their own self-selected Uluru kangaroo. Google takes you straight to the Red Desert of your choice where you may delight in killing prey and calling it a day. Not a lot of risk, but apparently enough reward for many.

Web pages, electronic resources, considered expertise available 24/7—all unequivocably great boons to our civilization. But uncivilized rabble-babble? I’m looking forward to supplanting it with something that honors expansive experiences.

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  • 1. uptown blogger  |  September 6, 2006 at 4:05 am

    I have to set aside my similar inclination to appreciate for one moment how much fun this is. And how great it is that I can engage in a dialogue with you now, at 11:50 when I should be sleeping and would not be communicating with you in any other way. In the story about your dad I couldn’t help but wonder whether the blogosphere was really the camera or the airplane— that once new and mystical bit of technology that enabled your dad’s pursuit of roo in the first place. What we do with it is up to us but I think this tool has more to do with the travel of ideas than their capture.

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  • 2. alsdkfjsd  |  June 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

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