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Will Any Of Our Blogs Be Archived Or Are We All Just Puffs Of Smoke?

It’s a long way from 14th-century England to 21st-century Houston, Texas.  And it’s quite a distance between 14th century poets who still reside in the memory of at least some people and modern bloggers who, often, write very much for the moment.     

I’ve been reading Lives Of The Poets by Michael Schmidt. It is a history of English- language poetry told through biography of the poets and analysis of their work. It is a story that starts nearly 800 years ago in Middle Ages England. 

Near the beginning of the book the author writes, “Poems swim free of their age.” I’m not sure the same can be said of blog posts over who should serve as Speaker of the Texas House in 2007. 

I know the intent of political bloggers is to shape current debate. But I wonder if future political historians will be able to see what was written on blogs in order to tell the story of our times. Are any of the blogs we spend so much time on going to be archived in a way that will make them accessible years from now?

In any case, if you have a question about the 14th-century poem Piers Plowman by William Langland—Please do leave a comment. I might be able to help.  


January 24, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Books | 1 Comment