Blogging Causes Death: Like Life

by francine Hardaway on April 6, 2008

What a ridiculous postulation, that blogging can “cause” death. The New York Times must have nothing better to investigate.

It is terrible that Mark Orchand and Russell Shaw have died young. And that Om had a heart attack.
But these are hardly due to blogging, as Om would admit.

However, it is worthwhile realizing that America over the past two decades has become a place where people can hardly make a living while having a life. My foster son and his fiancee both work and go to college, and must live with me. Most families in American are two-earner families. And stress is endemic in our population, typiified by the amount of sleep we get — five to six hours a night, which is two less than we need.

I think we’ve lost the sense of what life is all about. It’s not about 24-hour news cycles, or hedge funds, or houses.

I remember a time a decade or two in Japan, at the height of the Japan, Inc. economy, when “company men” were reguarly keeling over dead in their forties from stress. I haven’t heard about that since the Japanese economy collapsed, which presumably liberated many of those men from their jobs and thus saved their lives.

It’s about stress, folks, not about one profession or another. It’s about attachment to outcomes, which as Buddha pointed out, is what causes suffering.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Reynolds April 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Yay Francine, You’re right as always. Keep telling it like it is.

Blogging might even SAVE lives! It helps us vent when we read dumb stuff from everyone from the gal who just wrote a book (buy my book, she yells) to the sensation seeker.

DeM2B April 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

i agree…
when did life get so complicated?…..there used to be enough hours in our day..didnt there?….between fulltime job…Finishing my PhD…taking care of my house….running a foto-business….trying to keep up w/ friends….i somehow manage to squeeze in a few hours of sleep…& i wonder why i am worn out……gr posting…. i found u thru twitter ) ((yet another time blackhole thing…LOL )

francine hardaway April 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Yeah. I remember that I once had time to have an affair. Can’t imagine how I would do that now. Involves disconnecting in the middle of the afternoon, which is unthinkable.

Sally Wu April 7, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Seems more like, to me, that all the big news organizations talking about blogging induced death is being done in the hopes to discourage future bloggers; the big news’ main competition. I just blogged about it (and survived) here…


elpollo June 4, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Yes, is an old grandma’s tale.

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