Why Am I Writing This?
Let's ask ourselves why would I post anything at all when the entire net-related culture (and aren't we one big net-family?) is probably creating something of equal if not better value? Does the world need another blog post? Why am I writing this?
How Did We Get Here?
- Back in Darpa-times, scientists posted websites to share information (+1 : help).
- Regular feeling-folk posted thoughts and feelings of their lives, sans any objectively useful material (+1 : entertain)
- In reaction, topic-folk reject feeling-folk's thoughts as "useless", and create counter-"useful" posts on specific topics (+1 : help)
- Web applications pop up to provide services in daily activities (shopping, travel, search for answers to life's mysteries) (+1 : help)
- Video posts by feeling-folk pop up to provide entertainment; Video sites pop up to provide access to life's activities (news, films, vidcasts) (+1 : entertain)
- Feeling-folk hook into micro-blogging services to packet-burst thoughts and feelings (+1 : entertain)
- Topic-folk create analytics widgets, reputation points, candy-achievements to incentivize "topical" content (+1 : help)
Why Are You Here?
- You search for answers to questions (in order of importance : what, where, when, how and sometimes why?)
- You search for entertainment in a variety of media (video, audio, textoral)
Why Am I Posting?
Ipso factor, either I'm posting to help you answer a question (topic camp) or to entertain you (feeling camp). Conversely, you're reading to either be entertained or answer a question you've asked.
Much like the world doesn't need another shitty play (stop it Richard Greenberg), the world doesn't need another shitty blog post.
But what about a third reason for reading what you read? What if you found this, came here by accident and read up to this... Period.
And what if there's a third reason for writing what I write? What if I wrote this to inspire a discussion?
"Bull-shit!" you might say. "This ain't a fucking discussion. You're just writing yourself out." (you're vulgar)
Ah, so. This isn't the discussion. I'm posting to inspire the discussion in you.
If I can post something that you discuss internally with yourself, then I'm helping asking a question instead of answering it. I can write about something you might not have thought about before.
I write not to answer nor to help (unless it's a side-effect in which case, consult your doctor), but to inspire thought.
The opposite of entertainment isn't boredom (the lack of entertainment). It's counter-tainment. My aim is to counter-tain.