To have the Vulcan salute emoji is like having a spark of one of my favorites sci-fi characters in my smart-phone.
Life long and prosper. Star Treek scene
Ultimately, we blog because we can, and we read blogs because it helps us connect with other people. We have opposable thumbs for a reason, and that is to type, comment, and click.
I guess the question has no easy answers. Yes, blogs or other forms of online activism don’t make change happen. We see it in Nigeria, we see it on the streets of Caracas, and we see it in the deflating Arab Spring. If you measure impact by the amount of actual political change we achieve, then yes, online participation is a massive failure.
But that’s probably the wrong benchmark. Whether it is by making Boko Haram synonymous with horror or making chavismo unacceptable to anyone with minimal democratic convictions, blogs are about increasing our sense of shared humanity.
In that regard, we, you, and them … are a resounding success.
Juan Cristobla Nagel in ‘I, blogger‘ posted in Caracas Chronicles
Phil Hoffman, this kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor, who was never outwardly “right” for any role but who completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked, did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.