Default Conclusion: Boyf Is Wrong

It’s been about three weeks since I posted about the blogging debate Boyf and I had, and I figure now is as good a time as any to post an update about the survey.

The results are in, and they’re well, palyndromic. (That means he same forwards and backwards, not Russia-spotting Hockey-Momming VP candidate-like). I guess that’s what happens when only nine people respond.

Their votes? 44 percent agree with Boyf, calling blogs “self-important noise,” while 33 percent of those surveyed say blogs are outlets that contribute to the media and society. 22 percent say other.

I hate to do this — I really do, but given the small sample size Milk and Cheerios is going to have to classify these results as inconclusive, which means that under blog-poll bylaw Article 10.43 section j, the opinion of the blogger reigns supreme. Sorry Boyf. Looks like you’re wrong and I’m right.

At least you’re used to it.

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Happy Birthday Milk and Cheerios!!

Happy Birthday Milk and Cheerios!

Happy Birthday Milk and Cheerios!

Just wanted to give a shout out to all my readers! Milk and Cheerios had it’s 50,000th hit today!!! Congratulations baby blog . . . you self-important waste of space.

I Want Your (Self-Important) Opinions on This One

Boyf posted a comment on my blog post yesterday. No. Of course it wasn’t an adorable post. After all, it was Boyf. Anyway, it got us talking about the fact that I’m updating semi-consistently again, and opened the door for a conversation about blogging. He had a lot to say (typical), and actually made a couple good points (less typical), but ultimately I respectfully disagree with his conclusion (incredibly typical).

He made three points.

Point One: Anyone Can Write a Blog.

Any idiot can write a blog. Further, any idiot can find other people who will read their blog. Trust me. I’m not an expert on anything (though I do claim to know a bit about interning), and I got your attention.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve stumbled upon a seemingly ridiculous blog, which in all seriousness has no reason for existence. Fashion “experts” who’ve never taken a design class? Please. “Feminists” who support Sarah Palin? Read a dictionary. Women who write about their cats? Nobody cares.

Point Two: Facts Make “News,” Opinions Don’t.

I got him on semantics at one point here.
Boyf: Just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean you have the right to declare it to the world.
Maggie: You mean like in the Bill of Rights? Like the First Amendment?

That’s not really what he meant though. Boyf is a medical student right now, so he takes the scientific approach to life. And in science, he pointed out, you can be one of two things: right or wrong. Something is a fact, or it isn’t.

That got my feathers a little ruffled. Binaries? Dichotomies? Right, wrong? Black, white? Good, evil? News, blog?

Blogs can’t be news, he said, because they’re not always dutifully reported facts, statistics and quotations (I’m paraphrasing by the way, which I’m sure you expected since this is a blog). Blogs are one person’s (or a group of people’s) response, opinion, or musing about a particular topic. And sometimes they’re just like diary entries, which leads him to point three.

Point Three: They Make Too Much Noise

I think I might agree with him here. Not based on principle, but in the way he presented it to me. (Disclaimer: I am now relying  on information relayed to me from Boyf. Accuracy not checked as of yet) George Saunders, a professor at Syracuse University and renowned writer, created a great analogy for the current state of the media, Boyf said.

In this analogy, there was a dinner party, and one guest had a voice amplifier through which he was talking about the weather and changing seasons. By the end of the party that’s all any of the guests could talk about;  not because it was the most important topic on their minds, but because it was the loudest, and it drilled its way into their heads an conversations. According to Boyf, this analogy describes the amount of bloggers out there right now. They’re “taking over” the media, not because they have the “best” news or stories, but simply because every Tom, Dick and Harry knows how to type.

Hmm. I have to admit, this makes sense too. And I often have trouble discerning blog posts from news and features stories on newspaper Web sites. They’re not always clearly labeled, and they tend to pop up in search, making research a very frustrating endeavor.

So Boyf had three good points. But the thing is that I just can’t bring myself to agree with him. Maybe it’s because I’m self-important enough to have my own blog. Maybe it’s because I read my friend’s blogs as a way to stay in touch and up-to-date with their lives as they navigate their post-grad lives, teach math in Chicago, or just write their thoughts as though they were keeping a diary.

Maybe it’s because I’m a news girl who can’t help but think that everyone has a story, and you can never really have too much information.

Maybe it’s because I make it a point to disagree with him as often as possible. Either way, I can’t stop thinking about it. And I want to know what you have to say about it too. Do you think blogging is a self-important way to broadcast your life to a large audience, or do you think it actually contributes to the media and to society?