Nothing is new under the digital sun

Nothing is new under the digital sun

I have started this blog under the real and generous sun in Montevideo, Uruguay

This blog is a reflection on my place as an individual in the increasingly digitalized society and life in general. Our places on Earth might be physical or metaphysical, few or many. We are constantly placing ourselves and other people as well as being placed by them. The Internet and related new technology allow us to do it faster, more efficiently but, probably, less thoughtfully...How to use these powerful resources for creating good things: insightful lectures, inspiring texts, long lasting relationships, deeper undestanding of life as it goes on? Those are thoughts that I want to share with my students, colleagues and friends.

Why do we write?

Internet marketing course 2012Posted by Veronika Sun, March 11, 2012 22:27:44

I have been recently reading a great book by Eduardo Galeano, with the title "Open veins of Latin America". The book starts with the introduction "In defense of the word", where the author raises a very important question of why one is writing. The related question is how we can make ourselves heard and whom we can reach with our writing.

"One writes out of a need to communicate and to communicate with others, to denounce that which gives pain and to share that which gives happiness.

One writes against one's solitude and against the solitude of others.

One writes, in reality, for the people whose luck or misfortune one identifies with - the hungry, the sleepless, the rebels, and the wretched of this earth - and the majority of them are illiterate.

How can we make ourselves heard in the midst of a deaf-mute culture?"

Those are some quotes from Galeano's book and he wrote for his country, Uruguay and the whole Latin America whose story he wanted to change from abandonment to the strong voice of its own.

Not many of us have such grand goals in mind, however, if we consider the recent Kony 2012 narrative, it pursues the noble goal of liberating children, at least it looks like that.

What about less ambitious reasons for writing? Producing course papers, writing blog posts like this one, writing articles to be published (or not), writing diaries, writing posts in Facebook. Do we ever ask ourselves why we open a new Word document or an empty page? Is it necessary to have a special goal in mind when we write?

I have written papers, which I wish I have not even started. They were just written to get published. I have very few things written only because it was impossible not to write, things without a reason, task or deadline. And I think this is how it should be - we should write from our hearts, only when we are convinced that we cannot be silent.

Why do you write?

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Posted by Veronika Mon, March 12, 2012 00:29:13

Right! What I actually mean is that some papers were the half-baked stuff, they should have stayed as sketches but they were pushed through because of the pressure to publish. If one had not had that pressure, one would have waited and written more sincere, deep stuff.

Posted by Indira Sun, March 11, 2012 22:46:57

In my opinion, the very idea of thinking that we have written papers that we wish we have not even started is a retrospective evaluation of our actions. We might have written it from out heart at that particular point, however now when we talk about it we have already moved away temporarily and spatially.