Monday, January 5, 2009

Ilustrados Bravos!

Bloggers are the New Ilustrados. Like our forefathers before us, who seized pen and ink and paper to make lethal weapons out of the strangest notions, we are story-tellers, we are pundits, we are dream catchers, we are bullshit detectors, we are critics and gossip-mongers. We are jesters, exiled to a vale of tears. We are sitters in catbird seats who would set the world on fire with the sounds and sparks of occasional genius. Ours, is the tintinnabulation, the tingog of voices raised in outrage or disdain. But as well, we are a cerebral zone where the loudest voices are the fittest, most viral ideas, most convincing of arguments, most irresistible rhetoric. There is nothing benign about us, for we are trouble makers, all of us. We are heretics to the various sects of political correctness, apostates from the cult of hypocrisy and innuendo. We are the carriers of mental virii. The kind that infect the brains of readers and listeners such that they cannot but think the thing their own and gladly, if secretly, surrender to the logic of being convinced, of being inspired and energized to act, to think, to feel. Or to violently disagree. But do it well, Blogger. Do it beautifully! For there is precious little bandwidth here for the trivial, the banal, the boring, the vain, the boorish, the abusive, the automatic. It is the fittest meme that will inherit the earth. Make yours so, give us your best, as we all plunge back into the common dream…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

5 comments:

EQ said...

Bravery,like cowardice,is contagious!

DJB Rizalist said...

Happy New Year, paisano!

ricelander said...

Great piece.

Anonymous said...

Ilustrados-kuno who swear allegiance to the USA are suspect.

Anonymous said...

as Ilustrados who get monthly income from Saudi Arabia.