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(網上)日記?--筆記02

原文:“Composing the Self: Of Diaries and Lifelogs”: by José van Dijck

有人想,日記只供作者記下他們的經驗和感想,日後無法修改;不像網誌那般,經驗和感想可被隨意刪改。

其實日記也一樣可以被否定被撕破被燒毀。也許有人真的會修改日記(作者以Anne Frank曾重寫某段時期的日記為例)。名人死後,也有編輯對日記進行各樣後期加工。

人們會到文具店去選購他們認為最適合自己風格的日記本。十來歲時可能有人選了史路比的本子,長大之後選用羊皮簿--那完整的實物,其封面、紙張、筆跡,都屬於那人當時的自我(某部份)。

“[...] the personal computer provides an intrinsic textual paintbrush with which to edit one’s personal records. The potential of digital editing at a later stage diluted the concept of diary as a material, ‘authentic’ artefact, inscribed in time and on paper.”網誌的樣式,不論是選取或親自設計的模板,同樣地,反映著作者當其時如何演繹自我。當然,這形式大大淡化了日記作為記載時間的「實物」的角色。

即使你我皆以「細明體」示人,分別選用了某個template,不等於讀者在屏幕面前就無法辨認作者的特色。”If handwriting betrayed a diary writer’s character and level of maturity, the typewriter and later the word processor had already erased that trademark of personality; and yet, through word choice, style, punctuation, and the use of emoticons it is remarkable how much the entries give away a person’s character. On top of that, the personality of a diarist is even more traceable through her prolific choices of cultural contents. ”

那麼,傳統手寫日記和網誌的分別在哪裡呢?

以物質性和技術來說,那分別是顯然易見的。尤其是網誌在網絡世界中的角色,相當著重互相連繫。”Between body and words on paper are no longer just a piece of paper, but an intricate technological network of connected individuals and communities; and between paper and published print are only a few seconds before the inscriptions enter the virtual realm. ”

可是,這篇文章最可貴的地方是,作者指出了diary or blogging除了技術層面和物質性的分別,更重要的是作為文化實踐(cultural practices),改變著又反映出人們對親密、私隱和記憶的看法。

(待續)

5 Comments  »

  1. says:

    就這樣偶然一見, 發現你都幾精神喎個樣……

  2. chor says:

    係鬼,本年度最披口呀今日(之後仲有排殘)

  3. no one says:

    文章很有意思,多謝介紹。

  4. San Wen Ji says:

    用心寫,已經是難能可貴。

  5. chor says:

    感謝san wen ji的鼓勵:)

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