Thursday, November 16, 2006

Blogs as ferrets

Hey, look, it's night again. It's that time change, I tell you. I can't catch up. (Oh, I *got* an hour, you say?)

Anyway, I was reading Michael Bérubé's M/MLA keynote (why have I never been to M/MLA? I always think I will. And Kevin is president even! Michael had dinner with him; I had lunch), and I laughed out loud at his characterization of how some academics think of blogs:

I’ve also run across a number of colleagues who think of blogs neither as a debased medium nor as a weird hobby but as something more like a pet ferret—you know, maybe it’s edgy and intriguing in some ways, but then again maybe it’ll run around all over the place and eat your shoes.

As Homer says, it's funny because it's true. The fear of blogs. The thinking that blogs are exotic. Whoa. A little too much for me. You have a blog? Hmm.

They're curious creatures, those ferrets. Smart, too.

And to all a good night.


Becky Howard said...

Ferret on, sister.

John said...

Why haven't you been to M/MLA? I've even been organizing rhet/comp sessions for 4 of the past 5 years. :)

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