Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Blog Psychosis

Blog Psychosis

How do you know if you're at a crazy person's blog?

Or, how can blogging drive someone insane?

The atmosphere of narcissism that is embedded in the act of thinking, then typing, then posting a text to a blog is the same as in spoken conversation.

But the blogosphere records blog posts, so many people can read these inscribed thoughts and see these images, long after they were produced and published by the blogger.

Leaving a long chain of self-assertions, which we politely call blog posts, a trail, a stream of sporadic consciousness, in the blog realm is indeed different from spoken utterances. The distinct qualities of the blog enable certain sorrows to escalate into radical disturbances.

If, by looking back on your earliest posts, and following your mental coherence as manifested in subsequent posts, all the way up to the present, you feel you may be in trouble, don't worry very much. Although there is no cure for Blog Psychosis, at least you'll have plenty of company. Pass the creamer, please.

Some of these pronounced departures from mental health, induced by blogs and blogging, are described or manifested in so many other blogs, I will not trouble the reader with intricate analysis of them. Suffice it to say that Blog Psychosis occurs in five (5) major categories or states.

5 Major Areas of
Blog Psychosis:

(1) Blogistically Defined Ego: Spending too much time reading or writing blog posts, due to being obsessed with a blogistically determined self worth. The non-bloggy portion of the personality is being diminished by the erupting diarist identity.

(2) Discombobulated Blog Identity: Inability to be your bloggy self outside the blogosphere, resulting in a split personality, both of which are largely in the dark about the rapidly deteriorating dimensions of normalcy.

As blogger: you're funny and aggressive. Outside blogosphere: weak and inarticulate.

You're unable to resolve the conflicting selves, so you sell yourself short and engage in clinking or other social network delusions.

(3) Bloggy Ultra-sensitivity: Aberrant over-reaction to comments, lack of comments, TTLB ecosphere slidings, RSS subscriber mutiny, or shunning by other bloggers.

This is the pinnacle of over-blogging, the grand height of blog-induced pomposity, from the dizzying heights of which the blogger feels euphoric and elated, soon to succumb to the crash of ego-deflation in the real world.

(4) Blog-phantasmic Ordeal Syndrome (BOS): The emotive attachment the blogger feels toward their blog, and their blogger friends, is disfigured, due to exo-blogospheric turbulence, and takes on an insurmountable weight, because the blogger would rather deal with the endo-blog reality. You see this when all the blogger talks about is self, company, family, or ideology, all of which are falling apart due to negligence.

(5) Blogotonic Catastrophe: A more advanced stage of BOS, the blogosphere, and the blogger's imagined status or achievements within it, have now become the only thing that matters anymore, and it shows.

Health declines, clothes are soiled and tattered, and nobody comes over or calls anymore. When friends did visit, the blogger bantered vocally for a few minutes, but soon goes back to blogging, forgetting the presence of physical visitors in the room.

This can often be understood as an unrecoverable error, there being as yet no remedy for such an extreme disassociation from normalcy and consensus realism.

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



carrie said...

i may be there
but i'm not sure.
i'll have to check my blog.

William Gaus said...

Steven, can you elaborate on 'RSS subscriber mutiny'.

Great post, based on your 5 guidelines I think I am ok.

So based on your findings would you say that a blogger who does not allow comments is the equal to someone who talks to themselves and we should equally question their stability?

steven edward streight said...

Carrie: let me know your diagnosis. Get well soon. ;^)

This post is largely satirical, sarcasm, self-parody.

William: I meant by "rss subscriber mutiny" those who either don't like the syndication feed (and switch to manual visits, or email updates), or don't like the blog itself (and cancel/delete their feed subscription).

I think most of my readers know I have to state principles in a dramatic and firm manner, to get the point across.

There are exceptions to comments-enabling.

Some blogs may not be enhanced by comments, but it sure is hard to imagine what that case would be, other than pure link logs that just list other sites and exo-blog resources and info.

But even an internal corporate intranet-type blog should not be a preaching pulpit. It should allow employees to post questions, reaction, updates, input, suggestions, complaints, problems, and appreciation for what the corporate officers or dept. heads post in the blog.

Why would a blog be a FYI only thing, where reader response is not necessary, or unwanted (more likely)?