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Blogger in the Rye January 30, 2010

Posted by friedgreenbananafish in Around the Blogosphere.
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“Publishing is a terrible invasion of privacy.”

– J. D. Salinger

Why then, are millions of bloggers compelled to do it?  At this very minute, ordinary citizens around the world sit at their keyboards typing out every thought that comes to their heads; publishing it for many other millions to see.

But why?

J. D. Salinger died yesterday at the age of 91.  He once said, “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing.”

And yet we can’t seem to help it.   Even Salinger’s own death has triggered a blogging storm.  Whether you loved him, or hated him, or just delighted in making fun of his writing, no one can seem to stop talking about him.

 I can’t say why we’re compelled to blog.  While there are many theories, including narcissism, soapboxing, or just plain boredom, the mystery of the blogosphere is as deep as the mystery of Salinger’s reclusive lifestyle.

Although I preferred Seymour Glass to Holden Caulfield, (note name of this blog) I can relate to Holden when it comes to blogging.  He believed himself to be a “catcher in the rye”; a guardian to prevent children from falling off a cliff. 

Maybe we bloggers serve a similar function; we help save untold stories from slipping away into the oblivion.

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