June 15, 2015
From the her.meneutics blog on the Christianity Today website, Amy Julia Becker writes an interesting piece about why some bloggers are calling it quits. Is it the trolls? Or something else?
“With such a transient, ‘what next?’ mindset, bloggers and tweeters may experience what media theorist Douglas Rushkoff calls “present shock.” In his book of the same name, Rushkoff explains, ‘Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up… It’s more of a diminishment of anything that isn’t happening right now—and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is.’ Our focus upon the present leads to ‘narrative collapse,’ the end of storytelling, the end of understanding our place in the world as something with a beginning, a middle, and an end.”