Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Are you sure you want to be here?

In case you haven't seen this one already, here's a link to Alan Jacob's farewell to blogging. (HT: Radical Civility). What made him quit? His conclusion that blogging is "the friend of information but the enemy of thought."

Update: Swap Blog reacts to Dr. Jacob's post: "I do not think it is the nature of blogs that reduces debate, but the nature of people today."


Blogger Kim said...

I think newspapers and magazines are just as much a factor in the production of information divorced from understanding.

Reading nothing but blogs or news is definitely not good. Balancing it with other reading, especially Scripture, isn't a bad thing, but I can see how one can get caught up in blog reading to a fault.

7:07 AM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger jeff said...

I always find it amusing that when Christians quit things they feel a need to spiritualize it and then make anyone else who happens to still be doing the thing they quit feel somehow inferior. Why not just say you're tired of it?

8:26 AM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

That sounds about right to me, Kim. Newspapers (not to mention teevee news) have for years encouraged short attention spans and shallow treatment of issues. The place of Scripture is indeed important, too.

11:49 AM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

In fairness, Jeff, we don't know what the man's motivations were for quitting. It sounds to me like he had valid reasons to quit, just as I have valid reasons to keep going. Peace.

11:51 AM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Stoned-Campbell Disciple said...

That is quite interesting.
He just may be right too. A short blog certainly cannot develop a complex argument like a article or book. But it almost like kicking against the grain. We should simply strive for excellence and avoid mediocrity like the plague.

BTW, I really enjoyed the blog about Tolkien and Romans. I am preaching through Romans currently and found it stimulating.

Thanks for the kindness and graciousness.

Bobby Valentine

12:14 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad you found a link to something useful here, Bobby. By the way, if you're preaching through Romans, you might be interested in having a look at my sermons texts on Romans at

http://totheword.blogspot.com .


2:17 PM, July 25, 2006  

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