Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Of Blogs and Books

Anyone who is a frequent reader of BBC's online news service may be familiar with it all, but I dug up some 'news' from 2 years ago which briefly describe how a blog was nominated for BBC Four's Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. Here it is:

The blog that is referenced in the article seems to be particularly famous though I have never come across it before. The anonymous Iraqi woman who has been posting it since 2003 apparently portrays vividly, from first-hand experience the war in Iraq, and I reckon it surely must be an insightful read, though you may already be aware of it since the blog entries were eventually collected in a book. That said, this very fact must at least give us bloggers some assurance as to the value and potential of our seemingly underappreciated ruminations which in most cases deserve a wider audience.


At 19 April 2008 at 02:04 , Blogger Louis Berceli said...

Don't get excited just yet. The only blogs I've seen getting any real attention are political blogs (which are really just daily/weekly columns) and sex blogs.

At 21 April 2008 at 06:54 , Blogger ¡Benjaminista! said...

You need a hook to achieve recognition. "Anonymous Iraqi woman in a warzone" is a hook. "Anonymous American/Canadian/European male student in peacetime" - sadly - is not. "Anonymous American/Canadian/European call girl with an arts degree discussing Nabokov and bondage sessions with the patricians of high society" might be. We better start pretending.


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