Tackling The Blogosphere

It takes guts, I’ll say that much.

Marty Haugen e-mails the Curt Jester to settle the question that had a few Catholic bloggers tied up in knots: Was that post to my combox genuine? They sure weren’t going to take my word for it.

I’ll offer a comment that the Catholic Right (at least the internet edition of them) just don’t get it, generally speaking. They blog, they comment, they monitor other blogs and doings, they do research on people they don’t like, and they form little clubs they think are cute, but probably reveal more about a lack of maturity than anything else.

What worries me is that he’s been thinking about this for six weeks.

This assumes that other people actually troll the internet daily. That’s what they would do. Internet geeks can’t imagine there is life off the computer–probably where all the liberals are hanging out, eh?

Jeff’s thread also shows that conservatives can do poor pop psychology along with the worst of the rest of us.

Blessed are they who pierce our conscience

Amen to that.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Tackling The Blogosphere

  1. Pingback: Reflections on a letter from Marty Haugen to Jeff Miller « The Recovering Choir Director - Gregorian Chant & Catholic sacred music

  2. Liam says:

    From my comment over there:

    I can feel the love.

    I am not a fan of Haugen’s oeuvre, though I’ve yet to be persuaded that each and every thing he has written is dreck.

    That said, much of the complaint directed in his particular direction would be more accurately and appropriately directed at the marriage of (1) parochial monarchy (the pastor’s unilateral power to make many decisions for the parish) and (2) capitalism (which not only governs how music publishers ply their wares but also more generally acculturates everyone to expect their tastes to be catered to).

    As is so often the case in human doings, it is often things we value for other reasons that get in the way of other things we also value, and we get frustrated.

  3. Well then, there you have it.
    I stand by remarks of my first combox post here. And I appreciate your insight, Todd, in noticing that Mr. Haugen chose to mull all this over for six weeks. For myself, I just went back to work.
    I would prefer that we all cease painting pictures with broad strokes, thus creating cartoons and caricatures of who we “are” and what we “do” with this form of communication.

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