There have been more than a handful of times when I’ve been tempted to allow current events to leak onto this blog. Occasionally I’ve struggled a great deal with this temptation. Yet, I’ve always refrained from altering my original intention to maintain a significant distance between my writing and social/political commentary. To be honest, most blogs that deal with politics are decidedly ignorant and basic. You know the sort I’m referring to. A soap box for the brow beaters to promote a (usually) antiquated agenda of intolerance, also known as verbal bullying. Obviously, not my bag at all.
Then, there are those other blogs. Lately, I’ve witnessed an emergence of several literary and highly charged political/socially conscience blogs. They’re being written by published authors, essayists, poets, artists and composers, the sole intent is to inform and inspire debate. Intelligent debate. I visit a few of them on a regular basis and what I’m reading is inspiring me to rethink and question my now highly suspect point of view regarding the true nature of written and artistic communication. What I’ve been reading on certain blogs could be construed as a loosely organized political corruption of the arts, if one is a purist and cemented in the notion of art as entertainment alone. However, if you think about it, the artistic community has always delivered the message of change. I could list several literary figures of the past who affected change through the creation and distribution of their words, but I won’t, because we all have our own individual favourites and therefore it would be a pointless exercise in listing. Lately though, the nature of my reaction to the sentiments of many great writers both past and present, has inspired me to inject some sociopolitical commentary intermittantly on this blog. No, I’m not becoming a militant, but I am feeling the need to utilize this forum to highlight certain aspects of society that remain stunted despite the efforts of good people to affect an change. After all, isn’t it the responsibility of those gifted with the ability to communicate, to at least deliver as clear and objective a truth as is humanly and humanely possible?
What do you think about the politics of writing? When is it too much or conversely, when is it not enough?