Tim Dunlop’s “If you build it they will come”

Blogging is a means of putting out what is considered to be present factual information for the good of the public, but it can become a means to learn of newer factual material on the topics that interest a person.  Creating a weblog site of your own allows you to participate in many different facets of the world around you, whether it is your newest musical group or what is currently on your mind about political decisions made in the U.S. Congress or elsewhere in the world. As a citizen of the United States, you are entitled to know how decisions in your government may or may not affect you.  Assuredly, there will be others with like concerns and you can read what they have to say on the issues. Note that other bloggers may not always agree with your stance on the topics, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. They may have found more recently published information on your topic of concern. Needless to say it can be a valuable link to your learning experience. You must try to take an active part in whatever the currently accepted conclusion on any topic, by putting your views out there for others to review and evaluate.

Are you a ‘public intellectual’? Are you an academically accepted expert on the topic you are addressing or merely a concerned lay person? Both individuals have legitimacy in the blogosphere, and can often prove beneficial to an ever-increasing forum for debate. It is there that accepted facts can be closely examined and clarified for the benefit of all parties. Tim Dunlop, author of “If you build it they will come: Blogging and the new citizenship,” states;

The potentially interesting thing about blogging is that it solves

all these legitimate and actually existing problems that Brett delineates, but it also takes the category of public intellectual one step further and provides a forum, a space, where the ordinary citizen is no longer passive but can be a participant in the argument. (5)





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