"People who live a virtual life don't have actual experiences. Their blogs tend to reflect that.She's either reading the wrong blogs or not reading blogs at all. (And she's certainly not reading the Tribune's own blogs.)
"I can't understand why people are so hungry to share their every waking thought with the rest of the world -- and I certainly don't understand why people are interested in reading these musings, personal details and outright lies."
I, on the other hand, agree with my pal Zonker:
"I've met some wonderful people through blogging. If I'd not started blogging, I'd never have met them. Really. Whether here in the States or overseas, our paths would never have crossed. Perhaps I'd have cut them off in traffic. Perhaps they'd have flipped me the bird. But the chances of me having met any of these people otherwise...slim to none. It amazes me. If I'd not started blogging, I'd have missed out on a lot of true friendships. Worse still, I would not even know that I was missing out. That last bit just blows my mind. I'd never even know. Damn."I'm with him.
Oh. And Ms. Dickinson should also visit Jay and Deb, who met through their blogs and now have a second child on the way.
It's true! Bloggers have no actual experiences, and their blogs reflect it.
If you disagree with her, drop her a little note at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I'm going to.
Update: Mr. Helpful pointed out something that went zipping straight over my head. This is the biggest case of pot calling the kettle black in recent history. C'mon! Amy Dickinson mines through piles of people's "musings, personal details and outright lies" every day. And then publishes them in her column... and makes money from doing so. Back to the top this goes!
Miss Manners, on the other hand, is the bomb:
"It is not only the magnitude of your nerve that makes it rude. Soliciting donations and presents has become so commonplace that people now believe trolling for money and goods is only tasteless when it seems especially greedy. You would get the prize for that, but those who make smaller demands are no less rude. Just less imaginative."