posted by May 21 at 14:20 PMon
I’ve been having fun lately perusing random blogs. Not the political blogs, but goofy personal blogs that people—hockey coaches, young parents, dads, stressed teens, librarians, foodies, PHd candidates, Renaissance Fair types, soldiers in Iraq —write for their friends and their moms (or not their moms in some cases).
It’s kind of like getting a chance to finally meet all those people you move through airports with. You do actually get a bead on Americans and their lives. Hard to find a common denominator, but I do get a sense that people are calmer and more lighthearted than our frantic media culture implies.
One thing that really strikes me, though, is all the “God, Willing” and “God Bless” and “God’s Path” that pops up in blogs that are otherwise focused on the swim meet, gardening, or somebody’s vanity CD project.
I’m not surprised that America is religious. But the extent to which people wear it on their sleeves is a little annoying. More surprising, though, is the language people use. There’s an empty mantra tone to it. It seems unconsciously cut and pasted in as filler, transitional language.
Mostly, it reminds me of Bin Laden.