Blogging As The Battle of Thermopylae
Some of you will know the story through a film adaptation of a graphic novel by Frank Miller.
300 is a story based on the Battle of Thermopylae as described by the Greek Historian, Herodotus.
According to Herodotus, King Leonidas of Sparta held off a million man Persian army for seven days. Outflanked, Leonidas stood with his Spartans to make a last stand against the Persian invaders.
If ALL Greeks were as courageous as Leonidas and his small army, Xerxes would never subdue the Greeks.
Is Blogging Dead?
Some are saying that blogging is dead.
- Jason Calacanis who made millions from blogging, says that “Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks… intimacy.”
- Wired’s Paul Boutin says, “A stand-alone commentator can’t keep up…”
- Others like Richard MacManus of the Read Write Web blog, observe that blogging just doesn’t stand out on it’s own.
I’m With Leonidas
My truth is that blogging is far from dead.
Among other content-building technologies, blogging is at the heart of the social potential that drives the evolution of the web. Blogging will only die – if we believe the corporate media talking points and give up.
Blogging is the Battle of Thermopylae
The corporate media structures have every reason to kill the blogging of the small citizen army.
Blogging is power to the people. Blogging is empowerment! Blogging distracts “their” followers by diverting the attention to the few and the brave.
The ambition of the Persians to capture and own the greatest culture of that time is not different from the ambitions of the corporate-media enterprise such as AOL. They want to capture the heart of a cultural engine that holds unimaginable social potential.
This is Sparta!
Near the start of the movie 300, a Persian ambassador comes to king Leonidas to buy the cooperation of Sparta as part of king Xerxes’ bid to conquer Greece. Leonidas refuses him and casts him into the pit with a mighty roar; This is Sparta!
So too must bloggers refuse the lies, bribes and invasion of the corporate-media plutocrats.
Bloggers, great and small, story-tellers and small businesses, citizen journalists and probloggers – all must come together and make a stand at the pass.
The blog is the pass at Thermoplyae. And this time the battle will be won. It’s at your blog where we shall prepare for the battle ahead.
Are You With Me?
The way Leonidas took his mighty men against the army million strong and stood his ground, so we can use our blogs to bring down the massive media empires catering to the lowest common denominator.
Let’s dare to cater to the highest common denominator.
Let’s dare to say what no one else is saying.
Let’s dare to take the stand.
Who is with me?
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