Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sometimes I wonder whether blogging wouldn't have been good for Aristotle. I wonder that almost the way Larry Norman used to wonder, "If people then could live today. . . , would Aristotle be an acid head?" Don't we have to have hope for people? Maybe, women would start commenting on his blog. Maybe he'd go to barbarians (such as my blogger friend Polycarp) for crucial tips. Perhaps he'd watch young people texting and read posts (like T.C. Robinson's on tweeting and blogging at the same time while IMing Nathan Stitt) and would feel inclined to write more about the nature of rhetoric. Do you think he'd fall into tweeting himself, trying to keep up with the late and great Hesiod, Euripides, Philip Roth, and John Updike? And if he did read something mis-attributed to him (something like "Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind"), do you think he'd lurk on wikiquote.org to see if anyone catches it? Would he google his own name at the complete list of Biblioblogs? Or at femininsting.com? All in all, I think, blogging's a good thing, which is why I'm wondering about Aristotle and blogging.