I watched the movie Contagion last night. In the movie, Jude Law plays the role of a journalistic blogger named Alan Krumwiede. When I first saw this movie, I didn’t even really know what blogging was. Either it hadn’t grown in popularity yet, or I had just been sheltered from it. In any case, I had dismissed it without much thought.
Now that I’ve had much more exposure to blogging (and have my own blog), I noticed Krumwiede more in the movie. It seemed far-fetched, but global influence this character had on people via his blog was incredible.
Since I had seen the movie before, I wasn’t paying close attention throughout the whole thing last night. But, I caught a statement that another character made to Krumwiede that made me crack up: “Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.” I can’t remember which character said it, but he was being serious and the delivery was good. He refused to acknowledge blogging as a legitimate form of journalism.
In a sense, I can understand this perspective. Blogging doesn’t require a formal education. It doesn’t require any kind of credentials. Anyone can create a blog and anyone write whatever they want on it. So, from that perspective, I get it. Not every blogger could be considered a reputable journalist.
I disagree, however, with the statement that “blogging is not writing.” Of course it is. An personal or professional e-mail is writing. A text message is writing. Merriam-Webster defines writing as:
- the act or process of one who writes: as
- the act or art of forming visible letters or characters;
- the act or practice of literary or musical composition
- something written: as
- letters or characters that serve as visible signs of ideas, words, or symbols
- a letter, note, or notice used to communicate or record
- a written composition
- a style or form of composition
- the occupation of a writer; especially: the profession of authorship
Given this definition, blogging is absolutely a form of writing, and with the explosive growth in the blogging world in recent years, it seems that it is being recognized as such.
I don’t have a degree in journalism or creative writing, but I consider myself to be a writer. I use the “written” word to communicate my thoughts and feelings. I have a solid foundation of English grammar and spelling. I am not a professional writer, but I do consider myself to be a writer.
What are your thoughts? Do you think blogging is a valid form of writing?