It's been said and done

最近在读 Aaron Swartz 的 blog(我可能是全世界最后一个知道 Aaron Swartz 的人1),在网站的 about 页面看到他引用社会学家 C. Wright Mills 关于 keep a file/journal/blog (原文中使用的是 file/journal,Swartz在引用时改使用 blog 一词) 的教诲:

In such a blog … there is joined personal experience and professional activities, studies under way and studies planned. In this blog, you … will try to get together what you are doing intellectually and what you are experiencing as a person. here you will not be afraid to use your experience and relate it directly to various work in progress.
C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination (引自 Aaron Swartz, What is going on here? )

我深信”写作即思考“,自然对 Mills 的这番话深以为然。不过要说对维护一个既公开又”私密“的 blog 的态度,还是 Swartz 这段话表达得贴切:

So that’s what this blog is. I write here about thoughts I have, things I’m working on, stuff I’ve read, experiences I’ve had, and so on. Whenever a thought crystalizes in my head, I type it up and post it here. I don’t read over it, I don’t show it to anyone, and I don’t edit it — I just post it.
… I like sharing my thoughts and I like hearing yours and I like practicing expressing ideas, but fundamentally this blog is not for you, it’s for me. I hope that you enjoy it anyway.
Aaron Swartz, What is going on here?

如果要用一句话总结这种态度,可以说是“并不直接指向、迎合潜在读者,但同时以一种开放的形态欢迎交流”。Swartz 上面这段话是在 2006 年写下的,不知道如果他经历过去这 12 年互联网的风云轮回,是否还会觉得博客是这一态度的最佳表达。

1 如果你比我还晚一步的话,除了万能的 wikipedia 页面,这篇 New Yorker 在 Swartz 自杀事件后的报道也值得一读:Requiem for a Dream.



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