Social Media as Literature–Story & Style (part 2)


The second literary style you can use when blogging is the dramatic style where the writer presents the objects in direct relation to the other objects.   This means that the writer presents the facts in an objective manner without any explanation or commentary.  “Just the facts, ma’am.”  It focuses on the third-person viewpoint, and is what we think of as the “newspaper” voice.   

According to Joseph Campbell, James Joyce used the dramatic style for his work, which meant that he would describe in objective terms what the characters were doing, saying, or even thinking.   However, the drawback of not adding the author’s commentary on those descriptions is that the reader sometimes finds it hard to follow what is going on.

An example from blogs regarding the Middle East would be the blog post on April 16th on the Angry Arab News Service written by Prof. As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University at Stanislaus and visiting professor at University of California at Berkeley.   It stated “All websites of Lebanese government have been hacked” without any further comment of explanation.   This is simply a statement of fact which can be independently verified.   He gives links to those websites so people can check it out for themselves.  Now I’m sure he has a subjective opinion about this incident but they are not stated in the post itself.  

I find this mode of blogging among experts who are doing blog posts or especially in tweets to each other.  They don’t have the space in 140 characters to provide explanations, and they usually don’t need to provide them if they are sending to people who are already “in the know”.   So I find this to be a good mode of blogging if you are trying to describe the events in a neutral of non-partisan manner, or if you are writing for a sophisticated audience for whom explanation might be superfluous.   

In reality, however, dramatic style is often mixed with the epic style, which I will describe in tomorrow’s post. 

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