My good friend Whiskey Mike has a diatribe against blogs and automobiles. He seems to think that blogs allow one to say things one would not say in person. He calls for the abolition of blogs. I propose an alternate solution. Let us abolish "the natural respect people have for one another when face to face." Of course, I take "respect" to mean the hesitancy to offend by questioning someone's overly-cherished opinion.
Whiskey is right, of course (how could Whiskey be wrong?): blogging is not the same as life. Witness the gap in my blogs - life intervened. What exactly? I'm not telling you, O Reader. That's private and you're not privy. Get used to it.
Whiskey is wrong, though (I'm not sure how it happens, but I know that it does): abolishing techne (I refuse to replace the thing with the study of the thing) will not solve the fundamental problem. People can lack personality even without cars or computers as an excuse. Some people are just duds by nature.
What's the solution? They need something to enter into them from the outside: education, the Holy Ghost, or (you guessed it) whiskey!