The canal blogger in Singapore: Redefining ‘blogger’ and ‘blogging’?
16, December, 2006 2 Comments
An article in today’s papers, entitled “Canal Blogger” caught my eye. What is a canal blogger? Someone who blogs by one of Singapore’s many canals?
Upon closer reading, I realised that it was an article about a mystery teenager who posted (as in pasted) pieces of her journal entries (ie hardcopies of text) on a wall next to the canal at Bedok Reservoir. A psychologist who was interviewed said that this could be a cry for help.
What I’m keen to focus on here is the use of the term ‘blogger’ in this case. It seems that the term ‘blog’ is taken to be synonymous with journal entries that many teens write in their blogs. The article also goes on to compare the use of blogs to share views and to vent, as opposed to the strategy of the canal ‘blogger’ who chooses to share her life on pieces of paper posted on the wall beside a canal.
Of course, such a definition is a pretty limited and limiting one. I’m sure by now many of us know that blogs do go beyond personal diary and journal rantings.
In any case, it’s interesting how the term ‘blog’ has entered mainstream vocabulary and is used to redefine conventional (hardcopy) writing, as it, in turn, is being redefined.