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:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4847424.stm

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.