"But Michael Keren, who has written "Blogosphere: The New Political Arena," suggests individuals who bare their souls in blogs are isolated and lonely, living in a virtual reality instead of forming real relationships or helping to change the world."
"Bloggers think of themselves as rebels against mainstream society, but that rebellion is mostly confined to cyberspace, which makes blogging as melancholic and illusionary as Don Quixote tilting at windmills," the author says."
I saw the article a few days back and didn't think much of it until I read CK's take on it. First off, let me say that the good professor gets one thing right. Bloggers ARE a lonely bunch. That's because ALL human beings are. We all feel lonely at times and we're all are hired-wired for companionship and meaningful connectivity in some capacity. You don't need a textbook to know that. Bloggers are human beings the last time I checked—so the same rules apply.
Rather than going on a rant about the article, I'm going to share one simple link to provide some food for thought here.
It's a growing list of executives and CEO's who just happen to blog. Real people. People with lives. People who manage other people and work for very real companies with very real results. Many of which you have heard of—some are household names. This is a list of people who are tapped to inspire, lead, negotiate and interact with others on a daily basis. Many of the names on the list are people who are actively driving change both inside and outside of their organizations.
This is but one example to add another dimension to this discussion. So if you like, go ahead and believe that human beings who choose to express their views through personal publishing are oddities. But do so at your own risk.