Friday, June 03, 2005

Reverse Journal Blogs

It's innovative...a fascinating idea.

I don't know what to call them.

The best I could come up with is "Reverse Journal Blogs."

Take a journal that already exists, a work of classic literature.

Then enter each dated journal entry, one day at a time, into a blog, as though the classic author were alive today.

So it's the "reverse" of entering text into a blog and the journal existing as a blog first, then maybe turning into a book some time in the future.

The journal begins as a pre-existing book, and a person turns the book into a blog. And the journaling is not personal. It's "otherly" or "other-personal."

See?--we need newly coined words, neologisms, to describe these new art and communication forms emerging in the blogosphere.

Here are two blogs that I call "reverse journal blogs":

(1.) The Blog of Henry David Thoreau

Turns Thoreau's Journal into a blog.

(2.) Dracula Blogged

Turns Bram Stoker's original book "Dracula", which is a series of letters, if I recall correctly, to a family member or friend, into a blog.

I am pondering doing this to Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which is not a journal, or series of letters, but is so personal in style, it might lend itself to such treatment.

Why would I take on such a labor-intensive project? What good would it do?

What if people actually thought Proust was alive and writing this blog?

What if I enable readers to comment?

Then the blog would become a blend of Proust and current audience reaction to him and his writing, which is fiction, but might be mis-interpreted as true confessional.

What do YOU think?

Should I do it?

Do you know of any other books, especially journals, that have been converted into blogs?

Are they of value? Introducing blog readers to literature they might not otherwise be exposed to?

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Andy said...

Sounds like a good idea, but one would need to be careful not to break copyright? If all that's being done is republishing a copyrighted work without any additional material (ie critique, comment) then it could be seen as a breach?

If the work is out of copyright then there would be no such problem.

steven edward streight said...

Andy: thanks.

This is why posting comments at blogs is so important for the value of the content.

This copyright issue is a crucial aspect of Reverse Journaling.

I wonder if law has kept pace with such an event.

What's a good informative internet/publishing law web site?