Andrew Sullivan: A comparison of “Why I Blog” to “I Used to be a Human Being”

Writing a blog is like writing a diary on the Internet. The blogger usually expresses his or her thoughts and opinions about current events like news, movie releases, etc. while social media users read them for leisure or research. Andrew Sullivan had a high opinion of blogging and how it gives the blogger so much freedom that they can post about whatever they want on a public platform. He believed that blogging let readers and bloggers to connect on different topics and allowed interaction between audiences.

However, a few years later, he does a complete 180 and opposes everything he said about blogging before. Social media and blogging decreases interaction between humans and causes an obsession. It takes up almost all of 24 hours, most of which could have been spent doing something more productive.

Even families, who once used to be so close, no longer spend time together because they are so busy with technology and media. Sullivan quotes Turkle, who coined the phrase, “alone together”, which means that although they are living together and see each other everyday, they are not really together. They have been sucked into the media so much that they no longer acknowledge each other and there is no closeness anymore.

Teenage Family Using Gadgets Whilst Eating Breakfast Together In Kitchen

Sullivan decided to give up his career and the Internet for a social media and technology cleanse. Yet he does not seem satisfied because he realised that he is unable to stay away from media. He ends with saying that we should not be so obsessed with technology or we might just lose ourselves in it.

 

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