Ray Bradbury — author of the Martian Chronicles and other science fiction classics — doesn’t think highly of the Internet.
In his new book Bradbury Speaks (William Morrow), he writes:
“We are multitudinous lemmings driven by wireless voices to hurl ourselves into the Internet seas where tides of mediocrity surge, pretending at wit and will but signifying nothing.”
He wasn’t specifically talking about blogging, but he could have been — the phrase “tides of mediocrity” in particular struck a chord with me.
Is anything great being written on blogs today — anything that rises above the merely mediocre?
If not, the possible culprit is time.
Blogs are quick: people jotting their first drafts and instantly publishing them to the Internet.
By comparison, great writings are usually the fruit of hard work and careful revision; E.B. White rewrote Charlotte’s Web 9 times before he felt it was good enough to submit to his publisher.
How many bloggers rewrite or edit anything they write, even once?